Because these gardens are filled primarily with plants that bloom late-spring through fall, there is not a lot going on in them right now. Here are a few pictures.
|Winn Elementary - looking south toward the school's main entrance|
|Winn Elementary - looking north into the garden|
|Like all of our gardens, the Winn garden is a certified Monarch Waystation|
I found a surprise in the Winn garden - a pair of Wood Frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus) hiding in the leaf litter and other debris. It's nice to see a new species using the garden, but this seemed to be an odd location for these frogs.
|A wood frog hiding in the Winn garden|
This is the first year that the plants in this garden have not been trimmed down in the fall. This allows more of the seeds to fall within the garden, helping to fill in blank space. I will be curious to see what pops up this summer.
|Morey PSA - looking northeast into the garden|
|Morey PSA - this garden has a more formal design|
Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum
It's always interesting to see what kind of reaction I will get when I go to work on the garden at the Discovery Museum. Their staff has changed repeatedly over the past few year, so while the people in the back (director, education coordinator, etc.) know me, many of the people in the front (play facilitators, etc.) do not. When I show up with pruning shears, shovels, rakes, etc. and start doing things in the garden, I sometimes get a reaction. Because of this, I try to do maintenance here when the museum is not open.
I am excited to see how this garden looks this year. This will be the third full growing season (it was originally planted in the summer of 2013) for this garden and many plants are just now reaching their potential.
|Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum - looking west into the garden|
|Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum - looking eastward toward the museum entrance|