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Friday, May 27, 2011

Inniswood Metro Gardens

Our third and final visit during National Public Gardens Day was to our local Metro Park, Inniswood. As we walked through the entrance, we were welcomed by a volunteer and given a package of Coneflower seeds. It is amazing how good it feels to be given a package of seeds. It is like a little treasure held in your hand.

Inniswood was once the estate of sisters Grace and Mary Innis. These sisters wanted to make sure that, in the future, their gardens would be preserved and enhanced for all. This resulted in the donation of their home and property to the Metro Park System. Their former home is now where many educational programs take place each year.

Inniswood is a combination of landscaped gardens, woodlands, streams, wildlife, trails, and spacious lawns. This Metro Park encompasses 121 acres and includes a Circle Garden, Conifer Garden, Cutting Garden, Herb Garden, Memorial Garden, Rose Garden, Sisters’ Garden, White Garden and Woodland Rock Garden.

Here are a few pictures from some of these magnificent gardens.

Along the fence line at the entrance to the gardens

Picea Pungens "Montgomery"

"Golden Gift"

The Cutting Garden
"Red Cubed"
Along one edge of the Herb Garden
Oregon Grapeholly
"Golden Abundance"
The Herb Garden

An entrance to the Herb Garden

Hellebores in abundance

The Woodland Rock Garden

In the shade

A flowering Dogwood

Delicate blue flowers under mature evergreens

A tulip in brushstrokes

Purple European Beech

Peony in the Memorial Garden

Fern-Leaf Peony

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