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Monday, July 21, 2008

2008 Delaware County Master Gardener Bus Tour

What a great weekend of discovering two new gardens in North Western Ohio. Our bus trip started from the center of Delaware, Ohio and headed Northwest to the Toledo Botanical Gardens. Were we in for a treat! We had a docent-led tour that was wonderful. The park is divided into many gardens. Since I especially like perennial and cottage gardens, those were big hits for me. The number of plants and design of the the beds gave me some great ideas. The colors were spectacular! Everything was so well marked including the trees. My husband is the tree person. He "graduated" from Master Gardener Tree School last year. I am so proud of my tree man! The Joe-Pye Weed, Phlox, and daylilies were beautiful. The stone wall in the cottage garden is amazing. I wish I had thought to catagorize my pictures by each garden that we visited in the park, but I was just taking it all in. What a gem for Toledo and admission is free!

Here are some pictures of our memorable visit:
Master Gardeners enjoying a hot summer morning at the Toledo Botanical Gardens.

Glass sculpture in the garden
Glass Blower at work

After our tour, we got back on the bus and headed for Hoen's Greenhouse and Garden Center in Holland, Ohio. I had only been to Holland, Michigan before, so another adventure for me. Upon arrival, we were greated by the owners and then let loose to shop. Yeah, shop. There were a lot of wide-eyed Master Gardeners armed with carts. We timed our trip just right. There was a big sale going on and what Master Gardener can resist that. The carts were lined up at the register as our shopping trip came to a close. We bought four Edelweiss, a begonia, two Datura, and an ornamental pepper. What a great nursery!
Well back on the bus to Schedel Arboretum and Gardens. We needed a rest after our shopping frenzy. Walking through the main gate was only a tease for what was ahead. It is like a Disney experience for a gardener--magical. The gardens are located in Elmore, Ohio. Another new experience for us.

The entry gardens are planted taking into consideration plants, color, and design. We were told that the distance from each plant is measured to insure uniformity. There are many levels to these gardens. The lowland garden allows for growing plants and trees that usually do well in a different zone than the upland garden. There are twenty-five varieties of Japanese Maples throughout. We saw pine trees, a Cucumber Magnolia, an Umbrella Magnolia, Cutleaf Beech, Japanese Katsura, Bald Cypress and many more including bamboo. My husband was in tree heaven. The sound of water over a cascading wall, takes you to the magnificant Japanese Garden below. Oh, and there are many bridges over the water too. You are truly taken to a magical place in this garden. We had lunch at the gardens and then a docent tour led my a local Master Gardener. She was awesome! All of us learned so much about the gardens as we enjoyed our time, though brief, at Schedel.

Master Gardeners taking in the view from ground levelA great lower level view

A mature grove of Dawn Redwoods

A view of some of their Bonsai collection.

We said goodbye to Schedel. What a great garden! We know that we will be back to visit both of these gardens in the future.

Our next stop was Northbranch Nursery in Pemberville, Ohio. They were having a sale on hydrangeas, and what a wonderful selection they had. I have never seen such huge and healthy hydrangeas. They were selling them 2 for 1. I did not buy any, but the Master Gardeners went crazy. The bus was filled with beautiful hydrangeas. I bought a Crocosmia and a Euphorbia First Blush.

Well, our annual MG bus trip was coming to an end. We boarded the bus for Delaware, Ohio and off went a lot of tired, but happy Master Gardeners. The belly of the bus was full of plants.

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