In celebration of the arrival of spring, stroll through the garden and enjoy the many pink and white flourishes in both expected and unexpected places.
Both of these natives can be found in the spring garden. While red flowering currant grows from 5’ - 12’, its taller sister,’Pokey’s Pink’, can grow from 12’ - 15’ tall. Both put forth racemes of tubular flowers that are a very popular early food source for hummingbirds, though the red flowering currant has darker pink flowers than ‘Pokey’s Pink’. The resulting currants, later in the season are reported to be quite seedy and best left for birds.
February may still seem like Winter, but in the garden, things are beginning to awaken. This is a perfect time of year to see the tender shoots and blossoms, and enjoy the light fragrances.
December is time for evergreens to shine. Throughout the botanical gardens you will see all of these evergreens and more. Many of them are quite tall, and so we have posted pictures of the bark, which is what you would see at eye level. Look for some of the the Doug Firs standing in pairs. Bundle up and enjoy the greenery.
While many of the garden's plants reach the end of their seasons, others only just get into full swing. November is a perfect time to see these late season bloomers throughout the gardens.
As the garden prepares for it's winter nap, many plants treat us to a show of color. Here in the garden you will see these and more making the seasonal transition. Come see them in person.
The garden boasts an array of hidden gems as we approach autumn. You'll find many of these not far from the Manor House.
As summer days begin to shorten and plants reach the end of their summer peak, this is an excellent time to view the many ferns in the garden. They too will die back later in the season, so take time to stop and admire them.
Native to China and the Himalayas, it has been used as a treatment for colds, headaches, and inflammatory chest problems. Researchers have even found an ethanolic extract in the leaves and stems which has been studied for its anti-cancer properties.
Its fronds grow in palmate clusters that fan out from a curved stem. This lovely, fine-textured fern grows in moist areas near creeks and in rocky seeps, and is a common presence in waterfall mist zones.
centipede's legs, and scolopendrium is Latin for "centipede.” Hart’s tongue is widespread in Europe, but the North American variety is found only in rare, scattered populations and is classified as threatened in its entire range.
The mature fronds provide cover for small wildlife and butterflies, and are sometimes enjoyed as a tasty snack by animals such as deer or mountain beavers.
The garden displays a variety of fruiting plants in mid and late summer. Here are a few examples for you to keep an eye out for on your visit.