November is the time of year the outdoor gardens, with over 500 species of plants, are just about asleep. The perennials have all been cut down, the deciduous trees still have some fall color but most have dropped their leaves. We leave some of the ornamental grasses standing for the winter to add interest to the gardens for as long as possible into the winter.
The evergreens, both the conifers and the broad leaved types, will remain shades of green all throughout the winter. They don’t truly go dormant until all the deciduous plants have dropped their leaves and soil temperatures drops below 40 degrees.
One last broad leafed evergreen, the Japanese Camellia is still going strong. The buds have been fattening up since October and will start to show color by Thanksgiving. If the late winter is kind to us the blooms can last until Christmas time. As you walk up the path, take the first paved pathway to your left. About 50 feet beyond is the surprising late blooming camellia ‘Winter’s Joy’.
Return to the main path and follow it up to the entrance to greenhouse 1. As you enter you will see many new palms in the ground and in containers. These are the Christmas Palms. Native to the Philippines, they are so named because it’s the time of year the fruit form and dangle like Christmas ornaments.
Take your time and stroll through all four greenhouses to see over 200 species of plants from around the world!