GPOD on the Highway: Assiniboine Park Gardens, Half 2

Pleased Friday, GPODers!

Final Friday I shared my expertise at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As promised, I’m again this week to share extra images from this expansive park with a number of awe-inspiring gardens. In the event you missed the primary submit, you’ll be able to test it out right here: Half 1.

Final week I coated the Kitchen Backyard and the Sensory Backyard. As we speak’s tour continues by means of the Indigenous Peoples Backyard, the English Backyard and the Leo Mol Sculpture Backyard.

large totem pole amongst a large planting of native grassesFirst, the attractive grasses discovered within the Sensory Backyard lengthen on to the Indigenous Peoples Backyard, which options naturalistic plantings filled with native crops. It additionally options some fabulous indigenous artwork, together with this beautiful totem pole. Although totem poles have grow to be a logo consultant of indigenous individuals on the whole, they had been truly solely created by indigenous teams within the Pacific Northwest.

wooden art installation in the gardenOne other beautiful artwork set up on this backyard had been these giant, carved picket balls.

a bee and hummingbird carved into large wooden ballCarved on every ball had been totally different components of nature. Considered one of my favorites was this one which depicted totally different pollinators.

garden fountain surrounded by plantsAfter an extended (extremely popular) stroll, I reached the opposite part of the park, which featured the final two gardens. I can safely say that the lengthy stroll was greater than value it as a result of this was the beginning of the English Backyard I noticed once I arrived. It’s exhausting to inform from this photograph, however the statue of a younger boy is definitely a part of the fountain! The poor boy has a gap on the tip of his boot, and water is flowing into the pond under.

brick path leading through English GardenThe English Backyard featured all of the important components of a traditional, formal English backyard: geometric pathways that lead you thru the backyard with intention, symmetrical plantings which are repeated to a formidable degree, and layered borders which are densely planted. This backyard was not very large, nevertheless it was so filled with crops that that is nonetheless so much to see.

long formal garden border with bright pink flowers and black foliage plantsOn this unbelievable border, beautiful spires of lambs’ ears (Stachys byzantina and cvs., Zones 4–8) flowers and towering milk thistle (Silybum marianum and cvs., Zones 4–8) mark the beginning of lengthy rows of ‘Blackie’ candy potato vine (Ipomoea batatas ‘Blackie’, Zones 9–11 or as an annual) and brilliant pink gomphrena.

garden fountain with potted plantings throughout the waterWater options are one other traditional component of English gardens and are historically multi-tiered and ornate fountains. This backyard featured a number of fountains, however unbelievable containers made this one a selected favourite.

garden border with light colored flowers and bright colored foliageThe gardens additionally did an excellent job of repeating components and explicit crops in order that totally different beds and designs had been nonetheless cohesive. This stacked border featured the identical brilliant inexperienced and pink coleus that was featured within the fountain containers above.

sculpture of mother with baby surrounded by colorful foliage plantsLeonid Molodoshanin (Leo Mol for brief) was a Ukrainian-born artist who moved to Canada in 1948 after residing in Berlin and the Netherlands. A stained glass artist and painter, however largely recognized for his traditional portrait sculpture, Mol had an unbelievable manner of crafting and capturing collectible figurines of Ukrainian themes, spiritual imagery, and wildlife. Whereas the sculptures had been positively the celebs within the backyard, crops performed a ravishing position on this house and the largely shady beds added curiosity with out distracting from Mol’s unbelievable work.

mass planting of ostrich fern around large sculptureA lot of the beds had been plenty of 1 plant, like this lovely blanket of ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris, Zones 4–8).

mass planting of yellow ligulariaHowever the gardens weren’t restricted to foliage. This mass planting of ligularia (Ligularia spp. and cvs., Zones 4–8) introduced a vibrant pop of yellow to the shade.

Hope you all loved this little tour of a massively spectacular park and that you simply all get pleasure from your weekend. In the event you come upon any gardens or public plantings, large or small, I’d like to see what you uncover.


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