The Garden Tour - F - The paths from the classroom along the North side

2011.10.08.tour11This is the view as you leave the classroom. The corner of the cottage is shown (just past the kitchen door). The main Iris Bed beyond that. Over the path is a grape arbor we built in October, 1999 ce. The grapes on this trellis are from volunteer seedlings cultivated beneath the Patio Grape Arbor.
At left are some of the beds which are part of the Gravenstein Bed. A few leaves from the Gravenstein apple are visible at the left edge of the photo.

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Just past the Gravenstein Bed is the Snowball Bed (named for a Viburnum). Also on the left is the Ramapo Garden (named for a Rhododendron  ‘Ramapo’) seen bottom center. Beyond the dwarved apple (on the right and in the shade) are more of the Cherry Hill beds, including the mound of Himalayan blackberries in the center of the photo with the Garden Barn just beyond.

2011.10.08.tour11bWalking along the paths past the Ramapo Garden, the noise of the songbirds will get your attention. With three seed feeders, two hanging birdbaths and two suet block feeders, our birds are very spoiled.
Note the blue water containers at left.

2011.10.08.tour11cTo the left of this photo is the Three Azaleas Bed. And yes, it has three azaleas.
You also see the back side of the kiwi trellis. This area of the Kiwi Garden is known as the Hosta Bed holding a variety of hostas and several mandrakes – true European mandrakes (re: Harry Potter). These are autumn-blooming mandrakes which typically means they flower December into January!

The only true way to experience Hermit's Grove is to walk the paths and the separate gardens. Click on any photo in these pages to see it full size!

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