I am about to start a motor trip from Winnipeg Manitoba to Miami, Florida
then up the east coast to Richmond, then back to the 'Peg. Would readers
please recommend good hosta gardens or other gardens that I would be able to
visit along the way? Thank you.
You will be pressed to find many gardens with hostas this time of year.
There should be gardens decorated for Christmas with elaborate light
displays and conservatories with holiday themes. It would be helpful to know
your route so people could make appropriate recommendations. How far off
your route would you be willing to travel to see a garden or conservatory?
At this time of year, Hostas will be looking pretty ragged from Virginia
north. However, you still may want to visit Longwood Gardens. They have a
conservatory which, when I visited, had some "season-extended" plantings,
and Hosta might be among what's growing. If not, the place is still
fantastic. And, route 76 will take you easily to route 80, and you're on
your way home.
Hosta Hillside in Hidden Lake Gardens Arboretum west of Tecumseh, Michigan
on M-50. About 50 miles southeast of Detroit. It won't look like much at
this time of year, but there are hundreds of varieties of hosta.
I was going to mention that, but as I post about 12 hours out of phase
The hosta garden is wonderful in the spring, with the primroses blooming
This time of year the dwarf conifer collection would still be worth a look,
and the greenhouses.
Right now the leaves are really coming down, so it's even getting late for fall
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
I find that even if the frost hasn't zapped the hostas yet, by fall they are
looking pretty tired. The accumulation of damage from insects, fungus, sun
burn, hail, and foraging animals takes its toll. Conversely, in the spring
the foliage is remarkable when it is still pristine. Nothing says spring
for me than when the hostas start to unroll.
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