These two photos of mine have had thousands of re-pins since I first posted them in a blogpost critiquing the 2011 Outagamie Master Gardeners' Garden Walk. (These are not the only popular photos of mine floating around out there.) I wonder if the homeowners have come across these pictures from their yards and what were their thoughts?
Certainly, Instagram, FaceBook, and cameras within the reach of our cell phones should put firmly in mind the idea that everything is posted to internet these days, too. The internet is certainly an image-driven medium, but there is certainly plenty of room out there for words to go along with our pictures.
It shouldn't be beyond anyone's expectations that pictures will be accompanied with words, sometimes questioning, "What is really going on here!"
Above are more pictures from my August 2012 Allen Centennial Garden visit.
Different botanical gardens have differing missions. Some have extensive educational facilities connected with their displays. Others have herbariums; some hold living collections of rare and unusual plants. Arboretums, although low-key, grow group plantings of many cultivars and species of a genus of herbaceous, woody perennials. Some do testing of perennials, roses, and annuals. Needless to say, an expectation of being able to visit an interesting collection of growing plants should be pretty much a given.
The plants are the entre for garden. They should be well-labeled, well-grown, and well-displayed. Many an interesting plant has entered my garden as a single specimen after seeing it massed in a botanical garden.
If any experimental growing methods are being used, placards to educate can be present. I really liked those used in 2011 by the Chicago Botanical Gardens in their edible gardens.
I really like how most botanical gardens are broken into smaller rooms. Many of my favorite ideas have been inspired by deconstructions of how these "rooms" are composed. These ideas are transplantable to my own yard, too.
So, plants, nice views(interesting landscaping), ideas, education, maybe even a sense of serenity should be expected take-aways from any visit to a botanical garden.
What are your expectations from your botanical garden visits?