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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

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dawes Arboretum

On the way back from the Phipps Conservatory we stopped at Dawes Arboretum. We love visiting Dawes at any time of the year. There was a chill in the air and a little wind, but we enjoyed our visit. Because Dawes was celebrating National Public Gardens Day, there were tram rides and free Sun flower seeds. Well, I am not known to pass up a packet of seeds. Now if only it would stop raining so I can plant them.

According to their website, Dawes has 1,800 acres with hiking trails and a driving tour that is four miles long. Lots to see at Dawes. Please visit their website to add meaning to these pictures. Most were taken from the tram while moving, so enjoy the ride.

View of Dawes Lake

Azalea Glen

All Seasons Garden
Honshu Japanese Kerria

Wayfaring-tree Viburnum

Prague Viburnum

Dawes Memorial

Buckeye Collection

Buckeye 17
17 Ohio Buckeye trees planted to commemorate Ohio being the seventeenth state to enter the union

Cypress Swamp

Observation Tower

A 2,040-foot-long Hedge of Woodward Arborvitae spells out "Dawes Arboretum" seen from the lookout tower

Spirea Collection


Crabapple Collection

Holly Collection

Views from the tram

Flowering Dogwood
Cherokee Chief

Slender Hinoki False Cypress
(center front)


Carolina Silverbelle

Conifer Collection