The educational garden at the Imaginarium in Fort Myers is looking better than ever. Most plants have adapted to the site and are growing well (thanks to the maintenance crew), and the signs are still bright with no signs of aging.
I’ve included a few photos from planting day in August, 2012 for contrast. It’s satisfying to see that a landscape does what it should: Increase in value to the client and the community.
Cabbage Palms go in. (2012)
These signs are still sharp.
The Asian jasmine is ideal in the “Made in the Shade” garden.
Flax lily and Fire Bush.
Cathy arranges Flax Lilies before planting. (2012).
The rain garden needs some new plants: Cannas anyone?
Roberta Gerber and friends: August, 2012.
Mimosa spreading and blooming.
Bulbine loves full sun and handles drought.
Cannas in full bloom.
Proper maintenance makes all the difference. Thanks to EnSite and the staff at the Imaginarium, the gardens are filling in and blooming.
It’s great to see new lighting installed to enhance any night classes and improve security.
Fire Bush (Hamelia) is nearly ever blooming, tolerates wet conditions, and attracts butterflies.
East end looking West.
FNGLA Royal Palm Chapter had their September general membership meeting on the 11th to see the work done and discuss the next steps.
Ideas include building a small deck with planters, creating a cozy, back yard feel. Planters could be filled with herb and vegetable plants.
I stopped by the garden to see how tropical storm Isaac affected the plants. Nothing blown over and plenty of water flowed from the downspouts but in Fort Myers we measured only three inches of rainfall for two days.
Brainstorming with Matt, Shelby and Tom we discussed new areas to install: possible container gardening and herbs/vegetables.
We are looking forward to having the next FNGLA meeting here on Tuesday, September 11th.
Here are some photos of the finished garden.
Low volume, efficient irrigation (drip) system is installed on the Saw Palmettos and Cabbage Palms. These drought resistant native plants require supplemental water until they are established.
Kevin Natella with John Deere Landscaping connects a drip irrigation system before mulching.
Mulch and sod are the most dramatic finishing touch to a landscape. We planted hundreds of ground covers, trees and shrubs. But after spreading mulch, the beds look complete. The plants seem rested and framed.
Dappled shade on red mulch. We used recycled vegetation to edge the walkways and cover the perimeter beds.
First thing this morning Triple J Sodding brought a variety of pallets of fresh sod.
Little things make a big difference. After laying the sod they rolled it, then blew off any debris.