Our Gardens and Ones Visited by Our Members

Taking a trip or visiting a local garden? Please share with members any interesting gardens or plants you find on your travels or day trips this year. Send any images and comments to Emily who will put them on our website.

Norfolk Gardens

Toadland Gardens, Norfolk MA

Stephanie Markham is a member of the Iris Society of Massachusetts and an iris grower.  Toadland Gardens was on the Mass Iris Tour where a two-hour in-garden judge’s training session on bearded irises took place.

Liz Davey‘s Garden, Norfolk MA

Liz gave us a wonderful tour of her gardens in June 2012…her herb, perennial, vegetable, shady gardens and her small woodland pond. We ended our tour with home baked goodies that Liz made.

Brenda Zolli’s Garden, Norfolk MA
Brenda’s garden comes to life in the spring.

Massachusetts Gardens

Butterfly Garden, Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, Wellfleet, MA
This beautiful butterfly garden is located in front of the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary in South Wellfleet, MA. (submitted by Emily Nicodemus)

Bridge of Flowers, Shelbourne Falls , MA
The Bridge of Flowers is in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, connecting the towns of Shelburne and Buckland. The seasonal footbridge – once a trolley bridge – has a garden of flowers covering it. It is only open between April and October. (submitted by Sharon Pierce)

Cranberry Tours, A.D. Makepeace, Wareham, MA

Rounding up the berriesAnne Prior took a tour of how cranberries were grown and harvested by A.D.Makepeace in Wareham. Makepeace has been in the business of growing cranberries since the 1800s, when Abel D. Makepeace established hundreds of acres of bog across southeastern Mass and became known as “The Cranberry King.” Today, the company farms 1,750 acres of bog in the towns of Carver, Middleborough, Plymouth, Rochester and Wareham. It is the largest grower-owner of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., and the largest cranberry grower in the world. (submitted by Anne Prior)

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston MA
Brenda Zolli volunteers at the museum giving tours and art lectures. Photos are now allowed to be taken so she is sharing these with you. (submitted by Brenda Zolli)

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum or Fenway Court, as the museum was known during Isabella Stewart Gardner’s lifetime, is a museum in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. The museum houses an art collection of world importance, including significant examples of European, Asian, and American art, from paintings and sculpture to tapestries and decorative arts. In 1990, thirteen of the museum’s works were stolen; the high-profile crime remains unsolved and the artwork’s location is still unknown.

Today, the museum hosts exhibitions of historic and contemporary art, as well as concerts, lectures, family and community programs, and changing courtyard displays. In accordance with the will of Isabella Stewart Gardner, admittance is discounted to those wearing Boston Red Sox memorabilia, and is free to anyone named Isabella.

 America’s Gardens

The Alamo, San Antonio, TX
(Submitted by Sharon Pierce)

Calendar Garden Plot PlanThe Calendar Garden was designed by Jon Cutrell. It is laid out in a large circle, with each of the four seasons of the year represented in a specific area of the circle and with a circular path 365 feet around, with one step for each day of the year. The dates are inscribed clockwise on the path, so anyone visiting the garden can find their birthday or other important dates. The seasons in the garden are divided on the equinoxes.  There are also gates spaced around the circle marking the beginning and end of each month. Pedestals with a concrete ball resting on them are moved each year to represent the days of the full moon. Each season is also represented by a building, located at the end of each axis. The spring equinox is represented by a functional greenhouse; the summer pavilion is an open room with stairs leading up to a deck where the entire layout of the garden can be seen; the autumn pavilion is enclosed, but has double Victorian doors that open to a porch; the winter pavilion (the only part of the garden still under construction) will be enclosed, with a fireplace and stained glass windows.  The plants are arranged to bloom as near to the time of year where they are located as possible. Inside the path are four raised beds filled with the flowers and plants that bloom in that season. Around the outside of the path are native plants, also arranged to bloom during the time represented by the area where they are located. The plants are from the U.S. and from Indiana where possible. (submitted by Liz Davey)

DSCN1704Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO
Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark. The garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. The garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw’s original 1850 estate home, and one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids. (submitted by Sharon Pierce)

Limahuli Gardens, Kauai, HI
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Limahuli Gardens in Haena on the island of Kauai, Hawaii is dedicated to protecting native plants and unusual varieties of taro so there are no orchids or plumeria. This 17 acre garden is located in the Limahuli Valley just below Makana Peak and is one of the most gorgeous spots on Kauai.
In 1997 Limahuli Garden was selected by the American Horticultural Society as the best natural botanical garden in the United States. (submitted by Emily Nicodemus)

Backyard Gardens in Colonial Williamsburg Williamsburg Virginia2

Backyard Garden, Colonial Williamsburg VA

Club Members Visit to Gardens in Virginia ~ Spring 2018

Club members Helena and Michele Drolette, Anne Prior, Sharon Pierce and her friends Elsa Armstrong, and Judy Dewitt from the Holliston Garden Club recently returned from a weeks visit to Richmond’s Lewis B. Ginter Botanical Gardens, Williamsburg’s private gardens and Norfolk’s waterfront. More photos.

International Gardens

These gardens are a National Historic Site of Canada and are 55 acres of floral display located in Greater Victoria on Vancouver Island. “Jennie Butchart began to shape this magnificent landscape in 1904. She established, in the style of the grand estates of the period, several distinct gardens to evoke a range of aesthetic experiences. An abandoned limestone quarry was transformed into the gramatic Sunken Garden.” (from a sign within the Butchard Gardens) (submitted by Emily Nicodemus)

Stone walls enhance garden

English Gardens, Yorkshire, England
These garden pictures were sent to Brenda Zolli from two friends, both in Yorkshire, England. (submitted by Brenda Zolli)

English Gardens, Derbyshire in the Midlands, UK
These garden pictures were sent to Brenda Zolli from her friends in Derbyshire, UK. 

IMG_0757San Fernando, Pampang, Philippines
Backyard orchard garden, January 16, 2015 (submitted by Sharon Pierce)