Visit Public Gardens For New Ideas

Ilona Erwin

One of the best ways to get inspired is to see an example of what you hope to accomplish. This is very true of landscaping. When you see a garden that has been created by someone with skill and a creative talent it is a sure way to get good ideas for your own yard.

That is why arboretums and public gardens can be so helpful to home gardeners, or even professional landscapers. A brick and mortar wall and pathway surrounded by plants that are growing in real soil speaks volumes and speaks it more accurately than an article or book is able.

Tree and shrubs in Dawes Arboretum

Trees and shrubs create dappled shade. 

Not that I’m downplaying the value of plant information and design principles or even literary descriptions of garden ideas… that has its place in the imagination. But to grow a garden well there must be a harmonious marriage between the garden in one’s mind and the real conditions one works with.

Public gardens can provide an illustration of “real world” landscaping and make it available to to the general population. What a great opportunity for us to take advantage of! Besides the pleasure of strolling through beautiful landscapes whose another’s hand has manicured. Seeing some of the best ideas of plantings with plants and trees that are showcased gives us an education how the growth and bloom of a plant looks in the actual landscape.

For Ideas, Articles on Visiting Gardens

Recently I compiled a page of possible gardens and arboretums to visit in my home state, Ohio. Gardens to See in Ohio. The feedback to that article opened my eyes to the fact that many of us visit areas where we would like to see such public gardens, but are often unaware of their existence. It would be a real service to have a page of such attractions for each state.

in the garden card
Picture card of the herb garden at Inniswood

I had written of separate gardens in the Central Ohio area. Within my garden blog I posted pictures of the Park of Roses, and of Dawes Arboretum  and listed the Top Ten Destinations for gardeners. But the page of public gardens in my state is the first attempt to gain an interest in visitors to available places to learn about home landscaping or simply enjoy a daytrip on a visit to my part of the country.

Places like Inniswood Metro Park, or Kingwood garden, (which started as private gardens of individuals who were keen gardeners and created something exceptional), are educational in the same way that a visit to an art museum is educational: you see a mastery of the medium by an artist.


Tips from visiting and arboretum

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Ilona Erwin

I started working on this website beginning in 1998, when it was part of Ilona's Reflecting Pool. Since then I've branched out into a number of online endeavors and work at writing lots of content for my sites. "Ilona's Garden" remains my primary site and is dedicated to home gardener's success.