Patch of Heaven Gardens in Miami

Patch of Heaven Gardens in Miami

It seems like just last week, but nearly three months have passed since I visited the Miami area and many of their fantastic public gardens. As part of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) annual conference I took advantage of the chance to participate in a private gardens of Miami tour. Our first stop on that tour was to Patch of Heaven Gardens in Miami. Not in the Miami you are thinking, this estate garden was about a 35 minute car ride from our hotel downtown. It is tucked among the agricultural lands that surround the urban areas of southern Florida. From their website, some history on the estate: Patch of Heaven Gardens is a unique private 20-acre estate located in the redland area of Miami-Dade county.… Read Full Post
Visiting McKee Botanical Gardens‏

Visiting McKee Botanical Gardens‏

I love visiting Florida’s botanic gardens and I am happy to to finally have spent some time visiting McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach. Just about 19 acres in size, this garden takes about an hour to explore. When visiting McKee Botanical Gardens the first few steps include a walk through a lattice tunnel filled with tropical plants and vines and stepping out onto a great lawn with palms and ponds all around. This really sets the scene for McKee Gardens. I was amazed by the water that flows throughout the entire garden. I have to admit that I am very slow in posting about this trip, as I actually visited back in April. I have a feeling that visiting McKee Botanical Gardens is probably a different experience in April as it would be in August– but aren’t all gardens that way?… Read Full Post
Planting Tips from Lyndale Park Gardens

Planting Tips from Lyndale Park Gardens

On the Northeast shore of Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Lyndale Park Gardens is an absolute gem. The entire experience of the visitor is well orchestrated and pulls you through to appreciate each garden in concert. Read on to learn more about this beautiful space and planting tips for your own home.   History of Lyndale Park Gardens (as written by the Minneapolis Parks) The transformation of Lyndale Park awaited the arrival of Theodore Wirth as park superintendent in 1906. At the end of his first year in Minneapolis, Wirth submitted in the 1906 annual report extensive recommendations for the improvement of Lake Harriet and Lyndale Park. Wirth had two ideas. First, the area from the pavilion east would be filled with material dredged from the lake to create playing fields surrounded by groves of trees.… Read Full Post
Hostas in Florida

Hostas in Florida

Hostas in Florida?  Well, I am sorry to say it really isn’t going to happen the way you hope it will. These are not hostas in Florida! I had the pleasure of attending the Garden Bloggers Fling in Minneapolis and it opened up the wound on my sore spot for hostas. While some Florida nurseries may be selling hosta, they just aren’t the plants you think of from the midwest or the northeast. These puny plants would be quickly scrubbed from most gardens!  Below is a photo of the “hostas” being sold at a local nursery. They really don’t look like the beautiful plants in the other photos, do they? Dennis Carey and Tony Avent from Plant Delights Nursery shared information on the science behind our crappy hostas on their site.  … Read Full Post
Sarracenia at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Sarracenia at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Scrolling through my photos I couldn’t believe just how many images I’d taken of the sarracenia at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. I mean, I probably could have guessed, but these plants were just so beautiful that I couldn’t quit taking photographs! While in Virginia to celebrate our friends’ Grace and AJ’s wedding, this was a great way to spend an early morning before the festivities began. After visiting Norfolk Botanical Garden we even had time to visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. Two gardens in one weekend!  This is where my inner plant geek starts bobbing up and down with excitement! We usually make our annual pilgrimage to Richmond each year during the week of Thanksgiving. Their holiday light display is awesome, but the chance to see the summer perennials this time of year was a delight.… Read Full Post
A Quick Visit to Norfolk Botanical Garden

A Quick Visit to Norfolk Botanical Garden

After years of visiting Norfolk during the late fall, our May trip to Norfolk Botanical Garden was long overdue. This enormous garden (more than 175 acres!) could easily take several hours to explore, but on this hot summer day we spent about an hour enjoying the collections and landscape. Here is how we did it: 1. Our first stop was to the Visitor Center where we showed our AHS reciprocal memberships and picked up maps. I almost didn’t make it through the doors however, as the huge beds of hellebores on each side had me mesmerized!  Hellebores are not a Florida plant, so seeing this mass planting right away had me excited.  Helleborus ‘Pine Knot Select’ at Norfolk Botanic Garden 2.… Read Full Post
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