Earth Laughs In Flowers

Gardeners – at least those who don’t grow dahlias – are typically at their wits’ end by mid-August.  So many plants are past peak bloom and their leafy remains do not go gently; without adequate water, they look like hell.
Well we can’t have that at the WG, showcase that it is. And so our volunteers water, each one caring for her or his own bed, beds they’ve been tending since spring.

If, as Emerson writes, ‘Earth laughs in flowers,’ this is a shout out to the astonishing WG volunteers who continue to keep us laughing:

Guy & Mary Gehling (pictured), Haim Kenig, Mel Luna, Char von Ahlefeld, Jan Layne, Isabella Beaton, Colleen Schwindt, Susan Reinhardt, and the BMOC, Mark Kuestner. Yay team!

Feeling left out of all the fun? Drop us a line, we’ll need you in fall!


A New Look for the Wonder Garden

Yes, it was a bit scary to host heavy equipment in the Wonder Garden, believe you me. But the time had come to upgrade the existing hardscape in order to set the garden off from its coarse gravel surroundings.

All fears were unjustified and not a leaf broken during the dumping, grading and compacting of many, many tons of crushed rock thanks to the expertise of John Longfellow, his crew, plus the undeterrable Lloyd Lindley. The work began at 9am; the facelift was complete by 4pm. True, we did do some damage to the WG budget but, hey, what’s a budget for? Response has been overwhelmingly positive. Hope you agree.

In other easy-on-the-nervous-system news:

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 21st at 5pm for the next speaker in our on-going Horticultural Arts series, our own WG plant curator Ketzel Levine. This is your chance to get on a first-name basis with the international cast of characters growing in the garden and to hang out with a doyenne of dirt. The event begins with a talk inside the HCA and ends in the WG with a nosh and a tour. Pre-registration recommended!

Click here for more information.

Bring On The Clouds!


Lest there be anyone bemoaning the absence of SUN & HEAT thus far this summer, we at the Wonder Garden can only say: BRING ON THE CLOUDS!  The cooler overcast days of late June and early July have put the WG over the top, with current flowers lasting longer (check out the English whack job back by the clay columns, Dianthus ‘Chomley Farren’), and high-summer flowers a bit delayed (keep dozing, Lobelia tupa  roast till you’re red!). The overall result is a glorious extension of this year’s hallucinatory color palette, an extension we are grateful for, given that we’re under NO SMALL PRESSURE to have the WG looking absolutely fabulous for the Garden Party Fundraising Event.

And so a shout out to the non-stop blooms of our new, steamy orange Watsonia from South Africa’s Cape floral kingdom and to that dark-eyed show-stopper, Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’, a genus native to Turkey, Armenia & the Caucasus but named after the very English ‘Ann’ after hubby Oliver found this golden-leaved hybrid is his garden.

Well done, Oliver.