Mimosa Garden Club tours the Botanical Gardens
Contributed by the Mimosa
The Mimosa Garden Club held a meeting at the Riverbanks Zoo Botanical Garden on October 26, 2004. After a short business meeting, the group was led on a tour of the Botanical Garden beginning with the Orene Horton Shade Garden which was comprised of many native plants.
From there the tour wound around the Old Rose Garden which featured some roses dating back prior to 1876. Old roses are self–sustaining and not as prone to disease. They bloom a long time and some are repeat bloomers. This garden offered fantastic fragrance as well as exquisite blooms.
Next was the Knot and Texture Garden, a formal garden laid out in a very structured design consisting of plants with different textures, spikes, and broadleaves. Texture is an integral part of this garden design, and it is achieved by pairing plants with contrasting leaf and size.
The Art Garden is so named because it focuses more on the art displayed there than on the plant material. Recycled parts were used to make the garden and planters. Some are leftover props from the state fair.
The perennial borders’ along the Walled Garden are divided into three color schemes: purple border, pastel border, and hot border. Although the plants in these three borders change, the concept remains the same. This area demonstrates how a garden can have a diversity of plants while maintaing a set color scheme. Also, the color may come not only from the flowers, but also from foliage, fruit, and stems.
The shrub border of the Walled Garden is divided by seasons: spring, summer, and fall shrub borders. This area demonstrates the idea that color doesn’t need to come from flowering perennials alone but can be built into the structure of a garden through larger, permanent plantings. The Midnight Garden is an area of plants that glow in the moonlight. All of the specimens have either white flowers or variegated foliage.
The Fruit and Berry Garden is a demonstration of how fruit can be more visually intriguing than a plant’s flowers. By emphasizing the fruit of a plant, it adds another dimension to the aesthetics of a garden.
The Botanical Garden is ever–changing and is planted for year–round gardening interest. Mimosa Garden Club members were very impressed by the incomparable beauty of the garden and look forward to their next visit.