Memorial University has a lovely botanical garden – for research and education. A friend, who’s been following the blog wrote and suggested I visit. So this morning Andrea and I drove over.
The garden consists of some cultivated beds and woodland gardens, a couple of greenhouses and several nature trails depicting different aspects of the natural environment of Newfoundland.
The first thing you see is an herbaceous border – filled with plants happy in this damp, cool environment. Blue flag iris:
Cow parsnip (poisonous):
Leopard’s Bane (Doronucum):
Enter the garden trails and you see many varieties of Rhododendron (some still in full flower, others would have been gorgeous last week!). One whole section of a trail was lined with them:
We passed a slope covered with Cornus Canadensis in bloom:
We came across a crevice rock garden on a gentle slope (I would never have thought of using long slender rocks in that way):
There were California poppies:
A plant I didn’t know:
And several patches of lovely blue Mecanopsis:
I could go on – a lot of the plants were in bloom, making a leisurely stroll worthwhile.
Got any old, mismatched glass plates/bowls/glasses? I’m going to try making one of these when I get home!