Public Garden Day is coming up and it reminds us that visiting nearby public gardens is a fabulous way of getting plant and design ideas.  Or for just spending time in beautiful spaces, for that matter.  What's not to love?

River Farm

On that point, last week I visited River Farm, a former home of George Washington on the Potomac, currently the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. No surprise that there were plants in bloom and scenes to photograph.

Above, wisteria blooms frame the front of the home.  Notice the river in the background.



The Scenery

Above and on the right, the blooms of Redbud (Cercis canadensis) are so strange, they don't even look real.  The blooms right on the stems look just as bizarre up close.

Kerrias are blooming now, and here's an especially nice one against the brick wall, with Virginia Bluebells and a skirt of Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’).

I bet the scene above inspires visitors to create patios for sitting and admiring the garden.  Here the view includes Fringe Flower (Loropetalum)blooming in red, what looks to be a 'Gold Mop' False Cypress. (Chamaecyparis), and Creeping Phlox blooming in lavender.

Finally, notice more seating at the back of the lawn, for admiring the long wide border filled with tulips and daffodils.  Later in the season these borders will be jam-packed with perennials.

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