Mar 17th, 2010

Leaves from the Library: Spring is coming to the Garden

by Jane Hockaday, Library Volunteer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Many inches of snow and cold temperatures gave us the coldest winter in our area in several years. If you’re like me, you may have wondered if  spring was ever coming.  This week, a wonderful spate of warmer weather recently inspired me to walk the paths of the Garden to see if there might be any hints of things to come…

A couple of Canada geese went about their business as I stood and watched.  Obviously, they didn’t see me as a serious threat.  We have many birds here in the Garden, actually.    And if you are interested, you can pick up a map of the  bird trail as you enter the Robin’s Visitor’s Center.

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Mystical glass sculptures have appeared in several places. You can see them too, as you walk the Garden and visit the Conservatory. Take a sneak peak now, or visit when the Hans Godo Frabel exhibit officially opens on April 1st.

With Spring on my mind, I’d like to share with you a few of my favorite websites to help you enjoy both Lewis Ginter and your garden at home even more:

To help you identify plants and get in-depth information , visit Gardenology.  Here, I discovered that I not only was misspelling Gingko, I was mispronouncing it too.

If you enjoy a little humor with your garden info, be sure to check out The Grumpy Gardener, available on the Southern Living website. His blog focuses on gardening in the South and runs a gamut of subjects. For instance, if you’re interested in when and where some favorite plants were introduced to our area, he mentioned Gardens and Historic Plant Antebellum South, by James Cothran. You can check it out from  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s library if you are a member.

Most important, I know that even more things are greening in the Garden — Spring is finally here.

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