I am ready to shop for plants. Why aren't the nurseries filled with things I need to get?
I don't need pansies....they shall croak when the temps hit the 70s and the trees haven't leafed out.... and would you please stop selling the exotic invasives. We all have enough in our yards already.
Goodness, I don't mean to whine...the temperatures are perfect the mosquitoes aren't out and I want to get some plants into the ground. I am a girl (of a certain age) who has the energy to work right now, but the plants aren't here yet. SIGH!
So I am going to visit Cheekwood. (click on photos to enlarge)
Cheekwood is our botanical garden. It is modest when compared to other cities but it does pack a lot into its 100 acres. The Cheeks of Maxwell coffee fame and fortune built a country estate in the late 1920's on the western edges of Nashville. Now in the 20's the western edge of Nashville meant woods and forest. But don't think rustic country home. Cheekwood is a marble floored mansion with a grand entrance and magnificent gardens.
How is this for a view from your patio?
The property was developed into a botanical garden and art museum during the 50's and 60's and hosts a big society ball each summer. We don't get invited. Do you mind? I don't mind!
Here is a view of downtown Nashville from the service entrance. Don't you love our Batman building?
I visit the gardens frequently and while I enjoy all the gardens, the Howe Wildflower garden is where I always head.
Please join me on my field trip to the garden....
Here we are walking down the sidewalk past Botanical Hall through the Lady Banks Rose arches (will bloom later).
We pass through the Carroll Dogwood Garden. Also not in bloom.
I promise you they are lovely in bloom. They have cornus mas, cornus florida and today I noticed they have an evergreen dogwood...Cornus capitata.
Here are the yellow twig and red twig dogwoods. Aren't they good looking massed like that. They look best when not in bloom.
Fianlly, the Cora Howe Wildflower Garden.
Cora Howe's garden, Wilding, was moved in its entirety to Cheekwood in the late 1960's. Along with Cora's beautiful stone shed , the stone walls and garden ornaments.
This garden was the inspiration for my turning my grass over to woodland. I remind myself and others that gardening is a process!
There isn't much blooming but you can see the bones of this garden clearly in the winter. The garden is on a hillside and water drains into the large koi pond. There are few evergreen plants and shrubs in the garden; Leucothoe ( not certain which one), toothwort a native and exotics arum italicum and hellebores.
This is a large water feature, I am not sure if it was original to her garden but it fits in nicely.
Cheekwood may host society balls but I love that it is not perfect...
The path to nowhere:
and black plastic pot refuge:
We'll visit again when the wildflowers are in bloom.