The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia is a magnificent space in which to enjoy trees, shrubs, roses and perennials. Enhanced through October 28, 2018 by outdoor sculptures. Check out the website for free guided tours on weekends. With over 12,000 labled plants you are sure to see many new and beautiful plants. Highly recommended with paved paths ideal for walking. morrisarboretum.org
Totally terrific gardens tended by a very dedicated staff. In addition to the flowers, shrubs, and trees the Persian -type architecture, the beautiful mosaics, and the view of the Hudson all add to the enchantment. Free and open seven days a week! Easy free parking either in the parking lot or on the street. You'll want to spend at least an hour and half there. I did go on a Sunday docent-led tour; a $10.00 donation per person for tours helps support the garden! I really enjoyed learning about the history of the garden with this knowledgeable guide. Sometimes the tours are more geared towards horticulture, which would be interesting, also. Always check online for the most current days, hours, tours, and special events at Untermyer Park and Gardens.
Afterwards, I walked to a nearby Italian restaurant called Gianna's with excellent food ( brick-oven pizza and much more), a nice ambience, and reasonable prices ( although there was easy and free parking right at the restaurant, so I wish I had driven there!)
Magnificent Sculpture at the Donald M.Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo World Headquarters
700 Anderson Road in Purchase ,NY. Open to the public and free on weekends 10-4 through 10/31/18. Both the plantings and the sculptures are breathtaking. It takes about 1.5 -2 hours to see everything. Picnic tables, free parking, what are you waiting for? Check the website: http://www.pepsico.com/sculpture-gardens. And if you want to make a day of it, the Neuberger Museum of Art on the campus of SUNY Purchase College, is right across the street https://www.neuberger.org/ ( and there is a Starbucks on campus!).
WOW for the sculpture and WOW for the landscaping! Definitely recommend visiting ( allow two hours).
The sabal palm is native to FL and is the state “tree” of both FL and SC, despite the fact that palms are NOT trees (they are flowering plants)! Notice the persistent old leaf bases along the trunks, called boots because soldiers used them to hang their boots to dry. Due to genetic differences, some sabals lose their boots at a younger age than others. A noticeably rounded canopy of leaves, about 10 feet x 10 feet, is another useful identification feature.
The Seminoles taught the settlers to eat the heart of the sabal , hence the common name of cabbage palm; however, after the heart is taken from inside the trunk near where the leaves emerge, the palm will die, so this is not a sustainable source of food!
Over 100 Sabal palmetto grow in Valencia Reserve in Boynton Beach; see how many different species of plants you can find growing in the boots: orchids, air plants, ferns, and even poison ivy all seem happy in the nooks and crannies.
Additional VR palms can be seen as a slideshow- click "slideshow" in the upper right hand corner of this blog!
I have been going ( off and on ) to Central Park in New York City for over 30 years! And I never knew that there were three woodland areas there, one of them being the North Woods between 110th Street and 100th Street. On a recent Sunday I went on a tour of the North Woods led by Marge, one of the wonderful volunteers for the Central Park Conservancy. You must sign up for the tours in advance online; this limits the number of people to a manageable size. The modest price for the tours supports the Conservancy (the last tour of the month is free). These woodland areas were designed to resemble a walk in the Adirondacks, and the design with the plantings succeeded in creating that environment. I was delighted by the wide variety of trees and wildflowers and birds.
This gorgeous lotus flower is rosy-colored and has plenty of petals! The scientific
name for the lotus is "Nelumbo," a Latinized form of the aboriginal name.
Passionflowers are particularly striking because, like daffodils, they have a special floral structure called the corona. The corona in the daffodil is the trumpet-like structure and the corona in this passionflower is the circle of purple filaments. As to the origin of the genus name of Passiflora, it is named for the Passion of Jesus Christ, not for the passion of romantic love.
Truly enjoying this book. In addition to the list of over 3,000 specific epithets that might be helpful for the gardener to know, the author suggests phonetically how to say them, plus gives an example of the use of each one. The color botanical art illustrations are lovely , as you can see from the cover photo. If all of that were not enough, the book contains numerous 1-2 page essays that describe important botanists and key concepts such as which Latinized words are used to describe color and which are used to describe fragrance. Published in 2012 by University of Chicago Press, it would be a lovely gift for a gardener with an interest in learning plant names.
This Agave lurida 'Variegata' in my FL garden has sent up a flower stalk that looks like a giant asparagus. Agaves are in the plant family called Asparagaceae, as is Asparagus officinalis, which is the garden asparagus that we eat! Unfortunately , the stalks of the agaves are too tough and fibrous to be eaten like asparagus spears.
Katherine Wagner-Reiss has her botany Certificate from the New York Botanical Garden, where she is a volunteer tour guide.