GPOD on the Highway: Assiniboine Park Gardens

Completely happy Friday, GPODers!

Final Friday I shared some wildflowers I noticed on my travels by means of Ontario final summer season, however the journey didn’t cease there. As I continued my means throughout Canada I lastly reached the following province, Manitoba. The scorching summer season temperatures in early August meant I couldn’t keep for lengthy and needed to rush by means of to get to increased elevations and cooler temperatures within the west. Nonetheless, I made time to go to one landmark in Winnipeg that was a must-see: Assiniboine Park.

A sprawling 1,100-acre park, Assiniboine includes a zoo, out of doors theatre, conservatory, and extra. I got here to view the numerous completely different gardens. Although it was a sweltering, sunny day with little shade reduction, it was completely definitely worth the cease. Beneath are among the highlights, however maintain your eyes out for an element two as a result of this park had so many beautiful backyard areas there may be rather more I wish to share.

kitchen garden with lots of marigolds planted along edges

Assiniboine Park is perhaps the primary public gardens I visited that featured a very spectacular kitchen backyard. I’ve seen small sections in different parks devoted to edibles, however typically herbs and completely nothing of this magnitude. After all, the vegetable backyard’s favourite flower, the marigold, was on full show right here.

three large pots of various plants

One other fabulous companion plant noticed in these beautiful pots, nasturtiums. Really a tasty edible flower itself, this flower is usually grown for its potential to draw bugs like aphids, which retains the pesky pests away out of your treasured crops. Although the most typical varieties don’t have the flashiest flowers, I feel their round leaves are very attention-grabbing and an incredible distinction to the daring pink banana tree (Ensete ventricosum, annual)  and spiky decorative millet (Pennisetum glaucum, annual).

hill-like mound covered in ornamental grass

Even earlier than I used to be accomplished winding my means by means of the kitchen backyard, these out-of-this-world mounds of ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass (Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, Zones 5–9) have been catching my eye from a distance. After I bought nearer, I used to be enamored. This was the beginning of the “Sensory Backyard” and I couldn’t consider a extra apt identify.

These putting plenty of crops invite you consciously decelerate and immerse your self within the backyard from all completely different angles and views. The gravel and stone paths actually main you thru, up, and round these crops so wealthy with mild motion and sound (although there wasn’t even a whisper of a breeze on the day I visited 😅).

view of garden from elevated platform

This included an incredible elevated viewing platform that allowed you to absorb the backyard from above.

ornamental grasses in the garden

Decorative grasses have been the actual star of this backyard (very applicable for a backyard firstly of the Canadian Prairies) , on the mounded plenty and all through the beds. Right here, ‘Blonde Ambition’ blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’, Zones 4–9) appears like a frenzy of flying bugs subsequent to the arching plumes of fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides and cvs., Zones 6–9).

bright pink flowers surrounded by ornamental grass

Much more fluffy decorative grass creates a spectacular fine-textured body round this pop of shiny pink bee balm (Monarda didyma, Zones 6–9).

ornamental grasses and other fine-textured plants

Massive, daring flowers and huge, lush leaves get plenty of consideration, however don’t underestimate all the skinny and splendidly wispy crops. Planted in mass, like this glorious swath of Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia, Zones 4–9), these crops appear to be colourful clouds floating in your backyard beds.

tiny pink flowers in front of mass planting of ornamental grass

And the crops simply stored getting finer and finer till they have been practically see by means of! Right here, ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass makes a beautiful golden backdrop for the skinny-stemmed meadow rue (Thalictrum rochebruneanum, Zones 5-9).

I can go on for hours speaking about this backyard, however I’ll cease there for immediately. Subsequent week I’ll proceed this tour and present you what was on show within the Indigenous Peoples Backyard, English backyard and Leo Mol Sculpture Backyard. Have an exquisite weekend, GPODers!


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