1/30/2011

Scenes from the Park on a Wintery Day

Robbins are year-round residents in Cincinnati. When taking walks in the woods I often see large flocks in the late fall and winter. In the park they flutter from tree to tree singing their cheery songs that  remind me of spring and summer days in the gardens. Early on in my gardening life, I learned to differentiate a few of their songs. The one they sing just as the sun is setting has saved me many times from gardening into the night and trying to collect my garden tools in the dark. Robbins have been a constant companion for me in my garden life.
The hill in front of the Pavilion is the perfect spot for sledding.

The park has many examples of how attention to structures, evergreens and plants with good form work together to create a landscape with winter interest. Why design a park, or your own garden for that matter, for a few seasons of the year? The best designs offer enjoyment and beauty all seasons.
Snowcovered benches and shadows cast from overhead branches make for a peaceful scene.

When everything else is snowcovered, seeds remind us that spring and the promise of new growth is just around the corner.

1/16/2011

The Newest Addition

The reason why I decided to create a Medieval garden is a bit scattered I admit. I know why I asked the park for more garden space- that is easy. You can never have too much space. Why I settled on a Medieval design is a bit more layered.

I knew I wanted to learn about a period of gardening that I did not know much about. I also wanted to work with older plants. I didn’t necessarily know if that meant heirloom or native plants, just more of an idea of plants with history. I was also inspired by my trip to The Cloisters in New York City.  
Anyone who knows me knows that once I get an idea, I have a hard time letting go. Lucky for me, an area in Ault Park, very close to two of my gardens was available. It was, at one time, part of the Adopt-a-Plot program but the owner of the garden can not be traced and it is obvious that the parcel has had little attention for quite a while.

Located at the end of the main lawn, on the upper level, my new little garden is a bit removed from the other Adopt-a-Plot gardens. It is a shady spot with benches to the front that face the main lawn and pavilion and the top of a stone retaining wall marking the back boundary. Its lack of irrigation will make watering a bit tricky.

I was hoping that I would be able to research and create a plan as part of my Landscape Design class at the University, but it appears that will not be an option. So, as time permits I will research plants and share with you which ones I hope to incorporate into the design.
Benches in front of the garden have a perfect view of the main lawn and pavilion.

Looking beyond the new garden. Within stone’s throw from Putting Down Roots I & II.