Encouraging garden habitat offers many rewards. Flowers are beautiful adding natural elements that offer visual and preferred habitat environmental benefits. I try to plant my favorites in clusters or drifts. Blooms attract bustling activity from insects, critters, and people.
Three of my favorite fall activity magnets are: Aster, Buddleia and Anemone. When selecting plants it always good to choose natives as you build your garden.
Recently, I was garden touring in Cancun, Mexico. Every morning and evening I took time to walk several miles of the shoreline to check out the plants.
The hotels along the shore had dedicated staff to keep the surf and the sand trash free.
During my visit I planned to Scuba dive. The clean shore set up the expectation that the water would be trash free. The dive conditions included great visibility and trash free water.
Around the world trash plagues oceans and shorelines. Research has shown that the man-made environmental trash crisis begins inland. A shoreline crew member explained depending on weather and wind conditions trash can float in from somewhere at anytime.
It is difficult to write about Viscaya without stringing superlatives together. Viscaya sits at the rim of Biscayne Bay. When you visit Viscaya you will enjoy the location, art, history, and the mist of the waves splashing the shoreline. I went to Viscaya to study and find design inspiration.
The structural materials selected to design the gardens have an intentional weathered appearance. Some of my favorite structures are the water features. The boat dock is massive and amazing (photo 1).
Recessed at the rim of the parterre are shell shaped water features these pools have a cooling effect (photo 2).
Overlooking the parterre a toad fountain is centered on the steps connecting the home to the gardens (photo 3).
Yup, this basic garden maker has no problem rambling about the Viscaya gardens. Of course I took lots of pictures. This place is relaxing and inspiring. It is worth a visit.
My visit to Miami welcomed me with cool breezes with temps in the upper 80’s. Very nice. Why did this garden maker go to Miami for plant and design study? For me it was all about tropicals for conservation and design use.
The Fairchild history is humbling story about people looking into the future and realizing the importance to creating a place for Cycads, Palms, and tropicals for study and preservation.
What to learn about Cycads, Palms, Orchids, and iguanas? Spend a day at Fairchild. For me one day was a great introduction because all that I knew before was not good enough.
Fairchild does a wonderful job educating visitors. They offer free trams and walking tours. Of course you can tour the grounds on your own. If you choose to tour the grounds on your own pay attention to the gator sighting signs!
Fall is a great time to visit the National Arboretum.The vistas are packed with colorful foliage that happens with the change of season.Honestly, this place is probably my favorite visitor friendly destination in North American.You can enjoy the National Arboretum solo, with a group, family, pets, ride a bike or go for a jog.
In my summer container blog I highlighted many containers at the arboretum.Thought you might like to see how a couple of the containers looked following a hot summer.
This planting of Sedum and Nasella does not disappoint.The reflection in the window echoes this planting.
The grassed and millet glowed with the sunrise and waved in the breeze.
Both these plantings are low maintenance and have long seasonal interest.
Welcome to the Denver Botanical Gardens. This place has container inspiration along every walkway and garden.
Tall color filled entrance containers welcome you to the Denver Botanical Gardens. These containers are lush, bright, and most important they are huge! I love containers that howler and fill a space.
Rustic wood and iron box containers skirt the length of the Greenhouse Complex foundation. Succulents, annuals, and perennials fill these containers. Each box planting combination is different which keeps your eye moving along the long display.
Agaves appear to spring out from the Steppe Garden waterway. Geez, I love this unexpected combination.
The Denver Botanical Gardens team did an amazing job displaying beautiful containers throughout the gardens.