Garden Diary - August 2011

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Sunday, 13 August 2011
Watnong Picnic at the Beavins Garden

It's August, time for the Watnong Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society to have its summer picnic.
The chapter provides entrees and beverages, while members bring appetizers, side dishes, and desserts.
This year, rather than at one of the Garden State's great public gardens the event will be held at that of a member.
Always a delight to visit gardens public or private, but there's something special about someone's own garden.

Here's how Lainie describes their garden:

Our garden, predominantly shade with native and naturalized wildflowers and bulbs, consists of a series of garden rooms and woodland paths

enclosed in a deer fence. It was created from a woodland over a 35-year period, while building our stone house.
Like all gardens, it is still in progress. There are perennial gardens, collections of fern, hosta, clethra, and daylily,

. . . . .

inviting benches,

a pergola, an attached greenhouse, a tiny frog pond, and garden steps between levels.

In 2004, Ivan the Terrible flooded through the property. To remedy this, there is now a 150' streambed

with a waterfall to carry runoff, terminating in a tiny frog pond.

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