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Docent Days 11: covering ground

June 11, 2009
Herb Garden, 9:03 a.m., 12 May 2009

Herb Garden, 9:03 a.m., 12 May 2009

OK, so I’m actually done with docent training, but gardening for real started and it’s light out until 9 p.m., so I’m a touch behind with posts. This was the 3rd-to-last session, and we were out in the botanical garden, gearing up for tours on commencement weekend (Memorial Day weekend) and hearing from our leaders how a standard tour would go. We intended to walk through all the theme gardens in the 2+ hours: shade and sunny groundcover collections, Comstock Knoll, Heasley Rock Garden, trees on the outskirts, the Peony Garden (R.I.P.), Emerson field, Pounder Heritage Garden, Mullestein Winter Garden, Young Flower Garden, and, at last, the Robison York State Herb Garden. As can happen with bunch of inquisitive plant people, we didn’t get all the way through. Here’s what we saw and talked about.

the Martians Have Landed garden (Astilboidies)

the Martians Have Landed garden (Astilboidies)

I wonder if Jack would like our fake woodland

I wonder if Jack would like our fake woodland

Groundcovers, or, be careful what you wish for (Epimedium)

Groundcovers, or, be careful what you wish for (Epimedium)

Pine Fever anyone? Standing under these as the pollen blows is not advised.

Pine Fever anyone? Standing under these as the pollen blows is not advised.

They look strong, but don't worry about a Hosta takeover.

They look strong, but don't worry about a Hosta takeover.

Green is the view from the top of the knoll.

Green is the view from the top of the knoll.

The Rhododendrons, of course.

The Rhododendrons, of course.

What's the difference between a Rhododenron and an azalea again?

What's the difference between a Rhododenron and an azalea again?


It’s sort of like the rectangle and the square. An Azalea is a Rhododendron, but a Rhododendron is not an Azalea.

LH Bailey's erstwhile forestry school classroom

LH Bailey's erstwhile forestry school classroom


The forestry school went to Syracuse. We kept the white pines.

The cutest onion ever: Allium karataviense. I need these.

The cutest onion ever: Allium karataviense. I need these.

I need these, too, but don't know what they are. Tell me please!

I need these, too, but don't know what they are. Tell me please!

the humble but elegant chive

the humble but elegant chive

Creeping thyme. I came home with some being dug out of the bed.

Creeping thyme. I came home with some being dug out of the bed.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2009 7:04 pm

    “Hosta takeover” – honksnort and knee slap!

    • June 15, 2009 8:11 pm

      Wish I could take the credit, but it must go to Ken Druse. Heard it on Real Dirt Radio!

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