Spring begins tomorrow. This is what greeted me when I awoke this morning:
I cheered myself up by reviewing some photos from last summer. In late July, we visited Pittsburgh, home of Phipps Conservatory. My family voted down a visit to the conservatory in favor of the Carnegie Science Center and a morning of kayaking on the Allegheny River.
I did win a consolation prize, however! On our return trip diagonally across the state, we stopped in State College, so I could see the H.O. Smith Botanic Garden at the Arboretum at Penn State. By the time we arrived there, the sun was falling, but we had a nice hour to enjoy the flowers.
Lantana “New Gold” paired well with Gomphrena “Las Vegas Purple” near the entrance. I’ve never considered lantana as a bedding plant, reserving it for containers on my porch, but this display hatched a plan in my head for this summer!
One piece of literature I saw referred to the borders of the demonstration gardens as “The Best of the Test.” It did not lie!
The terrace is fitted with a tent pad to host University events. Up to 250 guests can enjoy the Chinese astilbe, Crocosmia “Lucifer,” and “Hello Yellow” blackberry lilies. The botanic gardens occupy about thirty-five acres of a 370 acre plot of land the University is restoring and developing into an arboretum. They are quite young, with construction having begun in 2009. Everything I have shown you here is part of Phase I, which is largely complete. This spring, work is scheduled to begin on a children’s garden, which will highlight the plants, wildlife, and geography of central Pennsylvania. I am eager to return to spend more time there and see what’s new. Right now, though, I plan to peruse the on-line catalogs and order some gomphrena seeds!