MnHS Garden Tour 6-23-2012

paul_in_mn(4b)June 24, 2012

Visited 3 gardens yesterday plus a stop at Funkie Gardens(nursery) and The Garden Gate at CrabtreeâÂÂs(garden art and gift shop). Weather held off and humidity and heat were down from earlier this week - so we a had pleasant day.

1st one toured was the Morris Garden in WI. Driving up you would never expect to find a cache of hosta on these grounds. A virtual sea of hosta along the side yard leads you to a sunnier garden loaded with more beauties and a sales area.

I've name the ones I could as many were too deep to see tags or not tagged. You'll just have to enjoy for the beauty and not the names. Bought a couple at this one Neat and Tidy and hypoleuca. Three opportunities to buy today - also added a fern and a replacement for Mango Tango from that is going solid, plus DW won Bulletproof.

Link to Morris Garden slideshow is below-

I'll add posts for the other two gardens in this discussion.

Thanks for looking.

Paul

Here is a link that might be useful: Morris Garden

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Babka NorCal 9b

"A sea of hostas" so perfectly describes it. What a wonderland. Truly a feast for my eyes. Thank you so much.

-Babka

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 2:39PM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

Afternoon continued with a visit to Robey Garden, also in western WI. After taking a quick shopping opportunity and lunch we proceed to the back yard and what seemed like a nice little group of hosta at top of stairs that quickly spread in all directions. A collector with over 1000 varieties and many multi-clump borders and groupings - incredible.

Paul

Here is a link that might be useful: Robey Garden

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 2:46PM
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Cher(6 SW OH)

Beautiful collection of Hosta. Thanks for the tours.
Cher

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 3:43PM
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andi_mn(z4MN)

what a treat, thanks for the pictures

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 5:16PM
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esox48(4/MN)

Nine times out of ten, when I look at a serious hosta display, I think it's too dark. The Morris Garden is a rare exception....and I love that Paradise Power...

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 5:33PM
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CindyCRNA(6a)

It's official! I don't have enough hostas!!! Morris Garden is what I would like to achieve on a smaller scale. A solid border of hosta where you can't see the ground beneath!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 5:39PM
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Cricket_Love(4b)

LOVE this! Thank you! Loved the canoe as a water feature!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 7:57PM
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hostahillbilly(4)

Xcellent, thanks so much for sharing! It makes me wonder if those gardens are open for tours by appointment should we wish to center them around a vacation?

hh

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 7:59PM
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Jon

Thanks for sharing Paul, amazing gardens. Is the canoe in the Robey Gardens an intentional or a serendipitous water feature? I love it.

Jon

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 8:15PM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

The Miller Garden is one I've had a chance to visit twice before and it never disappoints. A neighborhood garden tiered up a significant slope across 4 neighbors back yards (plus their own). About 1500 varieties. I doubt I've seen three gardens in one day with the volume of varieties and sheer number of hosta that these contained.

Slideshow Link below-

If you would like to see more of the Miller Garden - they're listed under the Open Gardens from 2010 AHS Tour in the following link.
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/hosta/hpgal0721460117816.html?5

Hope you enjoyed.

Paul

Here is a link that might be useful: Miller Garden

    Bookmark   June 24, 2012 at 9:51PM
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evermore_gw z 4/5 NB

Paul, thank you for this. These gardens are inspiring and it was thoughtful of you to let us look over your shoulder.

Steve

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 9:30AM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Paul,

Great slide shows once again. I put the browser on Full Screen view and take my time going through these. Fabulous gardens. What is that green rippled beauty with purple flower sticking up from the Robey garden? It's spectacular.

Steve

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 10:11AM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

As always, happy to share.

steve_mass, sorry I don't have an answer. Maybe somebody here can ID....

Help needed to ID-

Link below may help.

Paul

Here is a link that might be useful: Piecrust-leaved Hosta

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 10:54AM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

I don't think it's Lakeside Ripples, the flowers are wrong. I don't think it's Green Piecrust either. It could be Manhattan, but I've never seen one that large. Manhattan is a very slow grower.

Steve

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 11:15AM
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hosta_freak(z6 NC)

Gee,Paul! I thought my garden had hostas close together,but they have me beat! I liked the Paradise Power in the Morris garden,too. Mine is that large in diameter,but not grown in that much sun,so not nearly as yellow. Thanks for the tour. I've always said gardens grow a lot better on flat land,but I don't have that option,or that much land. Phil

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 11:34AM
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allnitro

'Manhattan'

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 11:34AM
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beverlymnz4

I also think it is Manhattan. The Morris garden is amazing. I'll check the other links another day. My old computer is giving me a headache. Photobucket is taking for-ev-er.

Beverly

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 12:54PM
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kiendu(WIS z4)

Beautiful... Thanks so much for sharing!

It really makes me regret not starting with hosta's earlier in my lifetime! Now that I've hit the big 5-0... I don't have enough time to create such a masterpiece! Not to mention all the work involved! DH just isn't interested.. more to mow around.. so he actually doesn't want too many beds. And, well, I'm just getting too darned tired after working on what I already have. It must be a group effort (love) to create such breathtaking landscapes.

I'm jealous... there! I said it.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 5:40PM
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peggy_hosta(z4 neSD)

Thanks Paul! Did you happen to notice what systems they use to water? I noticed most of these gardens are under pines. They must be friendlier than my oaks, basswood, boxelder, and ash!
Peggy K

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 10:47AM
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mctavish6

Thank you Paul for the wonderful garden tours. Beautiful pictures and beautiful gardens. You did such a good job.

I agree the hosta with flower in question looks just like my Manhattan.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 12:29PM
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