We continue our tour of the Luthy Botanical Gardens in the fantastic sunny borders. Mr. Fix-it and I visited the Luthy in July--in the middle of a fairly long drought period, yet the gardens looked great. I think most of the plants in this area are drought tolerant plants and are well adapted for the location. This garden above flows nicely and has lots of textures and no ground showing. It is very interesting to me.
In another part of the gardens we found giant concrete chess pieces. Mr. Fix-it and I got a kick out of these because whenever we visited our favorite park in Germany (Luisen Park in Mannheim) we enjoyed playing life sized chess on the lawn. All of our kids know how to play chess and I think it is an important game for everyone. Playing it outside makes it fun!
I believe these berries were Cornelian cherries. They were awesome and if I recall correctly they did not taste bad, but they were tart. I hope to find a spot for a Cornelian cherry tree in my garden one day. They are very lovely small trees.
Garden art was a big part of Luthy Gardens.
I believe these nuts to be beechnuts. My sister Dawn posted on her beechnut trees years ago on this blog.
A beautiful viburnum. There was a whole viburnum collection at the Luthy. It was the first time I have ever been able to see viburnums en masse up close and personal. Viburnums are one of the most diverse plant groups in the category of shrubs and I haven't found one yet that I did not like. This collection was a very nice one.
I leave you with one more long shot of the tropical house. Friday will be our last post at the Luthy Botanical Gardens....
in the garden....
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