Category Archives: Public Gardens

Compton Gardens

Interpretive plaque at Compton Gardens Last week Lorna and I enjoyed exploring Compton Gardens; a 6-acre native woodland garden in Bentonville. Corrin Troutman (Director of Horticulture) gave us a tour and explained their experience with different trail surfaces. They tried … Continue reading

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Garvin Woodland Gardens

Entrance path and water at Garvin Woodland Gardens Mike Brown took us on a behind-the-scences tour of Garvin Woodland Gardens yesterday. He gave us many helpful suggestions for the PGT as we toured the 210 acre property. As the construction … Continue reading

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Garden Marketing with a USB Flash Drive

Mt. Cuba USB Flash Drive Mt. Cuba was one of the gardens I enjoyed visiting the most at the APGA conference. As we were leaving they handed us a packet with the 2 GB USB drive shown above. It was … Continue reading

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Trail Surface

Asphalt Trail at Jenkins Arboretum Every time we go to gardens now we are always looking down; we are trying to decide what kind of surface we want for the main loop trail at the PGT. What are the pros … Continue reading

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Mt. Cuba

Woodland Pond at Mt. Cuba I hope we can look like Mt. Cuba some day. They are a “naturalistic garden” which means that not all plants are native, but they look like they are. At the PGT we use only … Continue reading

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Chanticleer – a Pleasure Garden

Hydrangeas Public Gardens often focus on education, research and conservation. Occasionally they focus purely on pleasure. One of the gardens we visited while at the APGA conference was Chanticleer. Chanticleer describes itself as a “Pleasure Garden” and it really was. … Continue reading

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Should Nature Gardens be Neat?

The WIldflower Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden Lorna and I are visiting other gardens to steal ideas that we can use at the PGT. Last weekend we visited the Chicago Botanic Garden. The wildflower area shown above is very … Continue reading

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Crested Iris at Shaw Nature Reserve

Crested Iris (Iris cristata) I found this clump of Crested Iris in bloom today along the hiking trails of Shaw Nature Reserve. I spent three hours exploring the Whitmire Wildflower Garden and several of the trails. I’m looking for ideas … Continue reading

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Burning Brush to open up views

Duncan Foss Burning Brush To create the “Garden” in the Prairie Garden Trust is takes a lot of brush clearing. This week Duncan Foss (shown above) and Matt Barnes are clearing The Savannah opening up views to the bluffs that … Continue reading

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Public Path

Path at Powell Gardens To help us generate ideas to plan for the future of the PGT we met today with the leadership team at Powell Gardens: Eric Tschanz (President and Executive Director) and Alan Branhagen (Director of Horticulture). They … Continue reading

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