I begin this post of some of the various gardens around Brookside Gardens with a bit of sadness. I had a great shoot and lost it due to a bad card. So the wonderful images I had planned for this are gone. That said, I still have some images from other days that will have to suffice. Fortunately I did manage to find this image. At least a few made it : ) Looks like I’ll have to head back and photograph the gardens again as soon as Spring rolls in!
Brookside gardens has numerous garden areas. The conservatory is host to the myriad of specialties exhibitions throughout the year and is home to Brookside’s tropical garden.
Just outside the two conservatory buildings is the Trail Garden; one of my favorite places to shoot here. This is full of a variety of plants depending on the season.
The flowers change throughout the year.
In the Summer I came across these Kalanchoe Thrisyiflora or Flop Jocks.
The Kimono Scarlet are a Feather Celosia and turn a lovely fire red.
The trail garden leads us straight under the Pergola which in Summer has a Wisteria overhang.
The overhang still has character in the Fall.
The other week I headed over to the Frangrance Garden who’s story is heart warming. Brooksside Gardens explains that the Fragrance Garden, “was originally conceived as a Garden for the Senses, which included many features for blind visitors, including plants with notable frangrances and a water feature that ran the length of the garden – adding the sound of splashing water to the garden experience. All the signs in the garden included a Braille translation.”
The garden includes herbs, shrubs and blooms such as, “Perennials in the permanent collection,” which, “include many fragrant members of the mint family, Lamiaceae, the Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) or celery family, Lily family members, as well as cultivars of Dianthus, Geranium, Phlox, Helianthus, Filipendula, Paeonia, Acorus, and others.” It’s always neat to come across herbs in natural settings like this thyme and chamomile.
The main Wedding Pavilion is also here.
Currently it is fitted with lights for the wonderful Holiday of Lights festival which begins this Friday!
In the evening for the Holidays, the Gazebo becomes a festive wonderland!
There are also formal gardens here including the Yew and Perennial Gardens which are full of flowers in the Spring and Summer.
The Kids Garden is a treat. There is a little house for kids to play in and I’ve found it crowded at each trip!
In the summer their are fun flowers and lots of bees pollinating away.
There are still more garden areas here but those will have to wait for another year.
Tomorrow is our last trip to Brookside Gardens for the week. Were walking about the Japanese Style Garden for some stunning views and peace of mind.