Lauritzen Gardens in August

I wanted to get some exercise today and at the same time check out Lauritzen Gardens in the summer. It was a hot and humid day and I went in the middle of the afternoon but it was wonderful once you got down into the shady areas.

“Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of unique four-season plant displays, maintained to the highest standards consistent with environmental stewardship. It provides memorable educational and aesthetic experiences for all.

Escape to an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility to experience the glory of the garden. Discover a hidden sanctuary in the heart of the city. Relax while cultivating your mind in this living plant museum, conveniently located in the beautiful riverfront hills.”

Lauritzen Gardens

I’ve really been noticing how great grasses look in the landscape.

This annual and perennial mixed border was my favorite. Full of color and insects at this time of year. It was gorgeous.

Love these grasses!

Lots of insects on this milkweed.

I did find a Tree of Heaven growing in one of the beds. These are extremely invasive. You can tell they are a Tree of Heaven or Chinese Sumac because when you pick a leaf it smells like rotting peanut butter. I’m sure someone will find and remove it soon.

I recognized some hops growing on these structures.
I thought these were some pretty cool seeds!
They have a wonderful watershed system off this parking lot in the very back of the garden.

I am just in LOVE with wide open prairie plantings. This is exactly what I want to do in our yard.

Lauritzen Gardens was just featured on Backyard Farmer this week. Jump to minute 42 if you want to see just that portion.

Have you been to Lauritzen Gardens this year?

One Comment Add yours

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful plantings – they offer some really nice plant combinations. Thanks for sharing, Melissa!


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