Public Gardens

This weekend, Rebecca received a terrific email from her stepmom with photos of her Dad at his weekly volunteer gig in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden!  Dad helped finish the new herb garden at the BBG, and he's looking forward to helping maintain and develop it for the future.

If you're ever in New York with a little time, we highly recommend a stroll through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  It's a fantastic, huge garden with formal areas, rolling park-like sections, a Japanese garden (see my photo from fall '08) and the coolest greenhouse pavilions.

Public gardens are a tremendous asset to their communities and the larger gardening world, and we all have a debt of gratitude to the dedicated staff and volunteers who build and work in them.

While Eugene doesn't have sprawling botanic gardens like the BBG, we do have a few fun public gardens, like the Sebring Garden in Alton Baker Park.  One of the largest rock gardens in North America, the Sebring Garden is now 12 years old and packed with fascinating, unusual plants.  The garden was built and is developed and maintained by the Emerald Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society.  Even if you're not sure you want a true "rock garden," rock garden plants tend to be low-water, smaller varieties, perfect for many urban spaces.  If you're looking for a great way to support public gardens and learn from some of our area's most knowledgeable plantspeople, volunteer a few hours in the Sebring.  Or, if you just want to expand your knowledge about wild and wonderful plants, attend some of the NARGS meetings, trips and other fun events (check out this cool camping trip).