2017 Speciality Gardens

New This Year

While many new features are added to the Gardens each year,  here are some highlights:

  • The Reception Garden will become a white garden, featuring hints of blue.
  • Over 100 varieties of plants will be featured throughout the Gardens as part of our trialing arrangements with various companies and organizations.
  • Plants along the larch wall raised bed will be extremely fragrant.
  • Over 750 varieties of annuals will be planted (that’s over 125,000 plants!)
  • Three Garden areas will be renovated this year. This will not impact Garden visitors’ experiences.

Many existing Gardens and programs have been updated for the 2017 season as well, keep reading to find out what we have in store for you!

Entrance and Terrace Gardens

For the 2017 gardening season, our major color theme will feature dark maroon, black, and bright red. Hints of white and silver will be included in this 5,000 sq. ft. of space that serves as the “first impression” as visitors arrive at the Gardens. The Terrace Garden features a patio, complete with tables, chairs, and umbrellas, where guests are welcome to sit and enjoy the surrounding beauty.

Garden Art Project Exhibit

A fish, decorated by artist Sandi Walton. 28 fish will be displayed in the Gardens, beginning Mother’s Day weekend. Photo By: Marsha Mood

There’s Something Fishy going on at RBG! This year’s Garden Art display will be composed of whimsical fish, mounted on a garden post. 30 fish will be on display throughout the Gardens beginning May 15. They will then be taken down in early September and sold at a live auction on Friday, September 8 at 5:30 p.m., at the Gardens. Now in its eighth year, the project was developed to promote community participation and artist collaboration at RBG, as well as raise awareness and developmental support for the Gardens. Local artists and enthusiastic people of all skill levels artistically interpret a fun and creative design that is then placed on display in the Gardens. Learn how to participate, here.

Heirloom Garden

This unique garden features over 100 varieties of annuals, perennials, herbs, and vegetables that were grown before the year 1900. This space will also contain vining structures and containers from that time period and some of the planting arrangements will be a tribute to Victorian-era gardening. You may wonder, “What are heirloom plants and why are they special?” Heirlooms come from seed that has been handed down for generations in a particular region or area and selected by gardeners for a special trait. (June through October)

Hummingbird Havenrgb-gardens-specialty-hummingbird-credit-marsha-mood

This colorful and lively space, located in the Nancy Yahr Memorial Children’s Garden features over 100 varieties of nectar-filled plants that are known to attract hummingbirds; as well as an array of feeders. Garden signage describes how to maximize “hummingbird appeal” in the garden to attract these beautiful creatures. (June through October. Peak bloom: July through August)

Coleus Collection

Our three demonstration beds (located west of the Arboretum) will feature a large coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) collection. Our focus will be on displaying the wonderful range of seed-grown coleus that are available to the gardener. We will have over 70 different varieties of coleus arranged in a side by side arrangement in large drifts.

Giant Aquarium

This fun structure looks like a large aquarium with blue sides and two access doors to allow visitors to enter this make-believe, underwater display. It features live plants coming out of a sandy “sea floor” as well as hanging fish and other aquatic creatures. In essence, once people enter this aquarium structure, we want them to feel like they are having an underwater sea adventure.  Educational initiatives will focus on the importance of plants in our aquatic environments and the book will be displayed in this space as well. Visitors will be directed along a boardwalk from one door to the other (one way traffic). The Giant Aquarium will be built to a size of 500 square feet (16’ wide by 32 long and 10’ tall). If this space could be filled with water, it could contain 38,300 gallons! (All ages, June through October) The Giant Garden Aquarium is part of the Garden StoryWalk, Commotion in the Ocean. See more below.

Garden StoryWalk

Stroll through ‘The Giant Aquarium’ and enjoy the book Commotion in the Ocean written by Giles Andreae. This program is in partnership with Hedberg Public Library’s Children’s Room. (June through October)