On this part of our walk we visited the children's garden. Always worth a look.
There was a compost display...
where youngsters can learn the reasons for composting and what materials to use...
with examples below. I am not quite sure what the corks are for, whether there is a purpose or for decoration. Perhaps a critter deterrent ?
The birdhouses are permanent fixtures.
Always good to see areas planted especially for the well being of butterflies and other pollinators. In this case particularly for Monarchs.
All very quiet...
and no breeze to send the whirligig flying.
Goldfinches have flown south for the winter, except for this one.
I have always liked these fence posts, such a cheerful display.
There have been programs for families and children where they can learn all things in the garden. Perhaps they have finished for the season? Also trips are offered for all age groups to enjoy, and I found two left on their website. One is to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on October 21st, and the other to Lewis Ginter's Gardenfest of Lights on December 7th. Both these places are in Richmond, Virginia, about two to two-and-a-half hours away.
Another part of the children's garden is in a quiet corner at the back of the visitor center.
I was curious about their signs.
A poem for you.
The following two poems are written by children which I found online. These creative young people were not from this area. I left details off for privacy.
My Dream Garden Poem
2nd grade student
If I love gardens
Then I love animals too
I would put animals, plants and tree’s too
And I love gardens forever
I would add things everyday
The Garden Rap
Look at my garden so
Big and bright. When the
Sun’s out it has light.
When it becomes night
It gives people a fright,
Then they get a nightlight.
I got a fountain and it
Looks like a mountain
Then people started pouting.
In our garden was a gnome
Next to our home
And our dog found
A bone. We found a
Watering can next to
A man named Stan.
We found a rock on the
Shed’s lock. I hope you liked
Our garden rap but now it is
Time to take a nap.
All the benches in the garden are dedicated to
family, friends and all loved ones. This is the first
I have seen for a four-legged fur child.
The yellow flower is called the Bitter sneezeweed,
botanical name Helenium amarum. It's other
names are Sneezeweed, Bitterweed and Yellow
The very first bouquet my Sweet Other Half ever gave me when we were newlyweds, contained the Peruvian Lily. There are many hybrids and over 190 cultivars of Peruvian lily. However, the great majority of them have one feature in common: no matter what their basic color, the tepals are striped and speckled with a darker color, giving the flower its characteristic look.
As you may have guessed from its name, it is originally from Peru, the Peruvian mountains to be precise. Its botanical name is Alstroemeria aurea and its other names are Lily of the Incas, Golden lily-of-the-incas and Inca lily. This flower will always be my favorite, not only for its beauty but because of its great sentimental value.
A Bumblebee on Crested cockscomb.
The green in the center of the garden was very quiet. I have often seen parents and children playing, sometimes throwing a football back and forth, or a baseball, kicking a soccer ball. It's also a great place for a picnic.
A better view of the map.
Isn't this a great shade tree?
One of the gardeners, maybe a volunteer, was hidden from view, weeding in a flower beds. I saw the top of a straw hat as I walked by.
A Common zinnia. Botanical name Zinnia elegans. Other names are Zinnia, Elegant zinnia, Youth-and-age, Wild Zinnia. Its name was given in the memory of German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn.
The following is a Mexican zinnia, botanical name Zinnia haageana. Other names are Haage zinnia, Orange zinnia, Narrow-leaved zinnia. It is a native shrub from Mexico. It has a rather sweet symbolism which means thinking of you, remembering absent friends and sentimentality.
The plant below is called the Princess flower. Botanical name is Tibouchina urvilleana. Its other names are Glory bush, Lasiandra, Pleroma, Purple glory tree. It was past blooming but they produce beautiful purple flowers which you can see at this link. It is a native to Brazil and grows best in sunny areas and can climb trellises. Because of its color it is commonly planted in royal gardens, hence the name Princess flower. Its symbolism is actually royalty, elegance and healing.
That's all from this trip to Green Spring Gardens, and if you missed them, Part 1 and Part 2 can be found if you click on their links. I never get tired of going there and like so many places we visit, there is always something new to see.
I found another post from a previous trip to this children's garden in 2017, which you can read here. And if you don't mind reading in instalments there are many, many other posts to see if you click on the label "Green Spring Gardens_Alexandria_Virginia" below this post.
Thank you for coming with me to the garden.
Have a great weekend!