Monday, June 16, 2014
The Alabama Nature Center at Historic Lanark
The Boys and I had a fun day out last weekend at the Alabama Nature Center located at historic Lanark in Millbrook, Alabama. We attended Hydrangea Fest where we were taken on a guided tour of the gardens surrounding the lovely old antebellum house. There is a formal garden, a potager, and literally miles of walking trails through the surrounding forest. They have a huge collection of both French and native hydrangeas surrounding the ponds near the house and we learned all about how to grow them successfully, how to propagate them, and even how to dry the flowers for use in crafts and floral displays.
The boys enjoyed the cool, shady, wooded trails that wound along the banks of creeks and through swampy cypress bogs; while I preferred the landscaped gardens around the house. I've really been bitten by the gardening bug this year, and it was great fun for me to gather ideas about plantings and designs to take back to our garden at home.
It's too hot now to do much of anything except watering, but as I'm watering, I'm planning a perennial border here, a shade garden there, a cutting garden down near the meadow, a vegetable patch...............you know how it goes ;)
What's blooming in your garden?