Our local Botanical Garden
is located in Norfolk. They have different types of gardens displayed as well as a variety of plants. What a treat to see plants in person that I don’t have growing in my own yard. There was so much to see that I took more pictures that I could possibly put in one post. So I will have various things to share with you over the next couple of days.
The first garden we visited was the Perennial Garden. Some of the plants they had growing there were in my own garden at home such as Purple Coneflowers, Blackeyed Susans etc. The beds were well groomed and maintained. Here is a small area of the Perennial Garden.
Another garden that I enjoyed was the Butterfly Garden.
They had a chart at the entrance showing all the different types of butterflies that you would probably see in the garden as well as some of the plants that attracted butterflies. The bees seemed pretty happy buzzing around too.
The Rose Garden was spectacular! It was so large I couldn’t even get a picture of the entire area in one shot. They must of had at least a thousand different roses. It smelled heavenly.
They did a green roof on this building made of sedums. This type of roof uses a waterproof membrane that covers a copper sheetl. They place planting boxes filled with lightweight soil on top of the membrane. This type of roof reduces energy use and improves air quality as well as being attractive. They are using these on some commercial buildings now. Isn’t this cool?
Of course they also had a dessert garden for display. There were a variety of cactus and other plants that would grow in an arid region. It felt like we had stepped into a dessert in Arizona.
The oriental garden was very formal and minimal in its design. This is where I took the picture of the Lotus that I posted for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day yesterday. That was the only flower in the entire garden. Everything was green and sculptured and simple.
They even had a Colonial Garden. The path is made of shells and the beds are filled with plants that would of grown in the early colonial days. I love the white picket fence that surrounds it.
For families with small children they added a children’s garden this year. Some of the features were this tree house with a thatch roof, water fountains the kids could play in, areas set up where you could dig in the dirt, a bug wall and a playhouse. We walked through it and I wish my boys were young again. They would of loved something like that.
Right next to the Children’s Garden was a native plants and vegetable garden. Isn’t the scarecrow fun? They had corn, tomatoes, and even grapevines growing in this area.
Last but not least was the meadow garden. It was filled with all kinds of wildflowers. I bet this garden is a sight to see in the spring when everything is coming into bloom. There are quite a few blooms like the Stokes Aster I posted about yesterday and you can see alot of the Queen Anne’s Lace spattered about in the meadow. I hope you enjoyed a brief tour of my local Botanical Garden. If you have one in your area you should visit. It is an educational experience.