|This view over the Learner Garden of the Five Senses captures the care |
that is taken in both the design and maintenance practices at the CMBG.
|This bed of late-flowering Sneezeweed looked just like in the catalogs.|
Considering this latest visit was in the second week of September, I was pleased to see so many of the plants were in full bloom, proving that Maine does not shut down after Labor Day. Also while walking around the gardens I saw several staff members hard at work caring for the plants. The results were clearly seen in how clean the beds were and how healthy the plantings looked.
|These red and yellow flowers of Blood Flower, a South American species of milkweed, really pop. |
The North American butterflyweed (A. tuberosa) has similar form but is all orange.
|Monarch caterpillar on a milkweed at CMBG.|
|Tussock Moth caterpillar on a Swamp Milkweed, A. incarnata, in Maryland.|
|I've been looking at some classic labyrinths, but this pattern looks a lot more fun!|
|Not everything in the Children's Garden is a plant.|
|This is a play on a bedding planting.|
|These planted walls in the 'Taste' section make the plants more accessible for visitors to reach.|
|Cardinal Flower and Joe Pye Weed were two of the dominant species in the garden.|
The Kitchen Garden was one of the first designed areas completed. It demonstrates creative ways to grow edible plants. Particularly using natural materials for trellising and mixing flowers for pollinators with food plants to get both an improved visual experience and better results with beneficial insects.
|Zinnias and Purpletop Vervain are two of the flowering components of this edible garden. |
The Greek Columnar Basil in the middle of this bed adds a strong structural feature.
|There are many beautiful, less intensely managed areas. This view of Back River is from the Vayo Meditation Garden.|