Garden Conservancy Open Days

Saturday, June 28, 10 am to 4 pm

Prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum) self-seeded among Liatris pycnostachya, wildflowers and grasses

You’re welcome to stop by this Saturday, June 28, for the Garden Conservancy Open Days here at Federal Twist. We’ll be open 10 am to 4 pm, as will several nearby gardens in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. My driving directions are here. The Bucks County gardens are here.

Here’s a preview of the garden last week. Lots of green, and the green comes in many sizes, shapes, forms, textures. Green turned gold by sunlight, almost black by shade.

It’s a joyful time of year in the garden.

Entrance through the woodland garden.




Mounds of Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’) in the middle ground, just about to flower like cotton candy.




A standard of a silver willow (Salix alba ‘Britzensis’) near the pond.


A bank of Hydrangea arborescens coming into flower. That’s Prairie cord grass (Spartina cordifolia) in the foreground.


A favorite, Liguaria japonica, normally blossoming by now, with large-leaved Cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum) behind.


Ligularia flower buds.




White flowering Filipendula ulmaria.


A self-seeded Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccafolium).


Giant cut leaves of self-seeded Compass plant (Silphium laciniatum).


A view showing several large spreading colonies of Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’.


A tight planting of mixed native and exotic plants around Marc Rosenquist’s bronze sculpture, from which various plants will emerge at different heights over the season. The next photo will show what’s going on close up.


Here you can see Aster tartaricus ‘Jin Dai’, a Sanguisorba, Astilbe ‘Purple Lance’, Chelone ‘Hot Lips’, even a Rudbeckia maxima at the right edge, entangled with a beautiful, delicate native carex I can’t identify. This carex does wonderful ground covering work in different parts of the garden.


Replacement chairs of cedar bought from Dan Benarcik, one of the star garden designers at Chanticleer.




The hydrangea corner where I like to sit in the morning. There’s a hornbeam hedge forming behind.




The reflecting pool. And another sculpture by Marc Rosenquist. Looks like a giant seed, or frogs eggs.


Part of the newly established planting around the reflecting pool–a work in progress.




I’ve been adding more shrubs. That’s Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’ flowering. At the left front one of many wild Scirpus in the garden.


A Japanese iris (Iris ensata) by the pond.


Looking along the pond. It’s five feet wide in places, but the growth along the edges makes it almost disappear. If I could wish it wider, I would.


Button bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) in bud.


Hurricane Sandy blew over 17 white pines that obscured the view into the woods. Now the mystery of the woods becomes part of the garden.



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7 thoughts on “Green

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing, incredible and inspiring garden(s). I truly feel as though my view on gardening has expanded and shifted. There is such a sense of wonder and amazement combined with beauty and magic. You have created a space like no other.

    1. Karen,
      I’m very happy that you liked the garden, especially enough to travel all the way from Maryland. I enjoyed our talk, and hope someday to ask you for travel advice about Turkey.

      1. I began going through my Cornucopia magazines (beautiful magazine on Turkey) looking for the article on Turkish gardens. I will mail a copy to you once I find it! It was so worth the drive up – we had a wonderful time!

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