Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Shade Garden Remodel – Come and see all the improvements!

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For the past several days, I have been obsessed with our Shade Garden (No exaggeration – I found myself dreaming about hostas!).  The space had become so overgrown that the paths and seating areas had disappeared.  Healthy, robust plants — what a great problem to have!  And where the hostas weren’t taking over, there were weeds knee high – a not so great problem to have.

Have you visited our Shade Garden?  For a long time, this lovely space was disconnected from the rest of the gardens.  The cement walking path shown below is only a few years old.  As this garden matures – as well as the trees surrounding the garden – it will become more of a destination spot at the Arboretum.

Have you heard the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind?”  Unfortunately, this happened to me with the Shade Garden.  But a surge of energy came over me and I seized the opportunity to completely overhaul this space.  Now there are defined paths with seating areas and the hostas have enough room to breathe and spread.

Working in this space renewed my love of hostas – there are so many beautiful variations!!  Hostas vary greatly in bloom color, leaf form, height, leaf color and leaf variegation — and it seems new, fun varieties come out every year!  To give you an idea, here are just a few of the leaf variations found in our Shade Garden:



And there are even a few flowering perennials in the Shade Garden this time of year.  My favorite is the turtlehead.  Ours is pink, but I have seen varieties of purple and white also.

The Shade Garden is a great spot to sit back and relax – soak in the landscape and listen to the wildlife.  Two different seating areas were created for this opportunity.


The seating area with the Adirondack chairs is an especially nice spot to enjoy our collection of miniature hostas.

I hope you’ll come out soon to experience this garden for yourself.  A perfect spot for a warm afternoon!

See you in the gardens.



PS: Make sure to check back later today for another blog post!  Because of all the photos, this post took a bit longer to upload so had to finish today. 


Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

September 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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