|Dogwood and Taxus ready to be planted|
|Hackett and her team survey|
Our Director of Horticulture, Maureen Hackett began a major renovation last week to replant and refresh the gardens. A lot of plant material underwent a major pruning effort, and much more was removed or replaced if it could not be saved. Hackett kept many of the existing motifs in the new perennial bed design. For example, though the park's nine large taxus evergreens had to be replaced, they will remain in the new design as a signature element repeated throughout. The Oakleaf Hydrangea in the Shady Border was retained, though vastly cut back, and rose bushes were kept as well. They were replaced with Rose Betty Prior and a new rose that we're experimenting with called Whiteout.
|Material to be removed.|
Many renovations will have a similar feel to previous years. However, the major change to the gardens reflects the major change to the park since the gardens were last renovated. Hackett has designed the gardens to cater to a four season park that is used and populated for just about twelve months out of the year, and the slight changes to the garden are with an eye to creating year-round interest and beauty in the gardens for a park this is used year-round, as well.
|Finished product with annual chrysanthemums for seasonal interest.|