October at the Botanical Garden
Join us in October and November as we bid farewell to the last showy flowers of the late summer and welcome autumn in all her cozy glory. If you’re enjoying a blissful denial of the changing seasons then we invite you to enjoy the late blooms and intoxicating fragrance of the aromatic asters (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium). Forget about winter coming and get lost in the infinite purples and pinks. The cultivar ‘October Skies’ can be enjoyed along East Boulevard outside the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouses, ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ will be on display at the top of the Inspiration Butterfly Garden, and additional displays can be enjoyed in the CK Patrick Perennial Border Garden and the Evans Restorative Garden. If fall is not your flavor then savor the last roses of the season in the Mary Ann Sears Swetland Rose Garden and the Western Reserve Herb Garden. Summer, she lives on!
When you’ve said your farewells and are ready to embrace the season, then pony up, because fall will be on full, festive display. The chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum morifolium), ornamental pumpkins and decorative kale throughout the gardens that will leave you craving hearty soups and thick knit sweaters. Ornamental grasses with their regal plumes bring texture and volume to the garden this time of year. There is a fabulous display of grasses in our Campsey-Stauffer Gateway Entrance Garden that includes feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’) and Chinese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus ‘Cosmopolitan’). Enjoy more ornamental grasses in the Hershey Children’s Garden, the David and Paula Swetland Topiary Garden, and the Restorative Garden. For a treat for your eyes and nose visit the WRHS Herb Garden to enjoy the aromas of scented geraniums (Pelagronium cultivars) to the north of the knot garden. There are some wicked cool scents like peppermint or nutmeg-scented that will leave you sniffin’ leaves for hours.
Of course autumn means fall foliage and we have no shortage of dramatic colors to behold. Red fall foliage of Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) is on display along White Oak Walk, Gateway, and Restorative Gardens. See the apricot and yellow foliage and enjoy the fragrance of fallen Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Morioka Weeping’) tree leaves on a sunny day on the north sides of Gateway and Rose Gardens. A bit later check out the stunning burnt orange foliage of the dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) in Japanese and Woodland. This tree is one of less than twenty known species of deciduous conifers in the world; quite the sight to see! The dramatic displays of Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) in Japanese, Gateway, Restorative, and Inspiration Small Conifer Gardens will not disappoint this fall. Fall leaves… but we don’t! So come by and see all that’s happening here at CBG!