Formal Gardens

Out of Sync

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The beautiful thing about this Garden is something is always in bloom; something is always interesting to see.  Of course, each part of the garden has its moment when it is at its best.    The Rose Garden is bursting with color right now.  Mirror Lake is ablaze in April when the azaleas are blooming.  The…

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The Sweet Spot

Posted by & filed under Formal Gardens, Shrubs.

I think I’ve found a pretty good spot to hide from the gardeners.  It is a little counterintuitive because I am hiding in the Garden’s most popular spot at the moment – the Bicentennial Rose Garden.  Why?  Because most people are dazzled by the overwhelming rainbow of colors that is about waist high.  Why should…

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Running To My Roots

Posted by & filed under Formal Gardens, Perennials.

Spring in the Garden can get very crazy.  Flowers are blossoming, people are coming, lots of things are happening.  That is great for the visitors and the beloved plants, but for those of us who have the misfortune of being labeled a weed, it can get a bit scary.  The gardeners seem to be extra…

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Love and Flowers

Posted by & filed under Formal Gardens, Natural Areas, Perennials, Shrubs.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner.  It is a time when lots of guys try to impress the sweethearts in their lives with flowers and candy.  Of course I think flowers are great, but I am not so sure that decapitating a bunch of roses and handing them to your girlfriend is really all that…

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Winter Vacation

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I’m a little tired of winter right now.  What I want is a little tropical vacation.  Of course, I can’t fly south for the winter – TSA would not like the fact that I can’t take any shoes off and all the birds I know that go that way have already left.  So instead, I…

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Transition to Winter

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This week I am hiding in the Transition Garden.  Appropriate since we are finally making the seasonal change to winter – on the calendar, with the weather and with the types of plants that are now most interesting.  With a few exceptions, fall foliage is almost over and the stars of winter are starting to…

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Making Sense of this Garden

Posted by & filed under Annuals, Formal Gardens, Perennials.

After a few days, the spider lilies started to creep me out, so I left the Japanese Garden in search of a new place.  I ended up in the Sensory Garden in front of the education building.  This is a good spot for people watching – most folks walk by this garden on the way…

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Labor of Love

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Today is Labor Day.  It is a great day – the gardeners are off.  That means a little deserved peace and quiet for me. I can relax here on Discovery Peak in the Children’s Garden, where I came to celebrate WOW’s 3rd anniversary.  It was busy yesterday and Saturday, but today I get to enjoy…

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Outstanding in His Field

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Today I feel like a renaissance man (I’m really a renaissance plant, but that doesn’t have the same ring).  Why? Because I am sitting in the middle of Renaissance Court.   I don’t visit this garden often and it was a time for me to stop by for a look.  This garden evokes a sixteenth-century…

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