Tag Archives: winter
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
THE WINTER GARDEN
As I put the finishing touches on this month's newsletter it is midday and the temperature is 70 degrees. Was it really in the lower 10’s just two weeks ago? Gee Whiz!
I enjoyed a walk around the garden yesterday and took some photographs. Too often we think of our winter gardens as absent of color but that’s simply not true. It is truly a great time to come visit the gardens. We have many different types of evergreen trees and shrubbery which provide a beautiful backdrop of greenery.
One of the smaller evergreen shrubs is the Mahonia bealei, commonly called the leather leaf mahonia. It is a member of the barberry family. It grows to be about 4-6 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide. It has large, pinnately compound leaves with erect, unbranched, stiff stems. It is a native of China and is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9. It grows ...
Friday, January 1, 2010
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010
To All the Clark Gardens Family and Friends--I wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year.
As we start this new year and decade I can't help but reflect on the past. I don't believe either Max or Billie anticipated the long term effort involved with opening up their "backyard" to the public. But they were generous enough to want to share their love of gardening and the outdoors with others. For their generosity, I know I speak for all of us by saying "thank you".
Max continues to work daily in the gardens. His newest endeavor involves the development of the front 25 acres where he is building new iris beds and planting 300 new trees. His vision continues to be the guiding force for the future of the gardens.
The staff, our family and our friends miss the presence of my Mother. Her grace, style and ...
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