Eric Sternfels has shared his beautiful home garden with us before, but today he’s leading us to a beautiful and unusual public garden space.
I am a leading garden designer for a small, community ornamental garden called Ned Wolf Park that is located in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. Two well-skilled local gardeners, acting as volunteers in coordination with the local Parks and Recreation Department, have worked with me to create this Pennsylvania Historical Society award-winning garden.
Eric also let me know that Syd Carpenter, whose beautiful garden we’ve also featured recently, is another one of the designers/maintainers of this garden. How lucky to have such a strong, talented, garden-loving community!
Welcome to Ned Wolf Park! What a pleasure it must be for people in this neighborhood to have such a space so close at hand.
In this beautiful vignette from the garden, a warm-colored rose contrasts with blue catmint (Nepeta × faassenii, Zones 3–10).
This view of the garden includes pink Japanese spirea (Spiraea japonica, Zones 4–9) in the foreground.
A springtime combination of warm peach tulips and rich-blue grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum, Zones 3–9) is set off with the acid-green flower heads of a euphorbia (Euphorbia sp.).
This looks like something out of a romantic painting. Various perennials in shades of blue and purple are set off perfectly with a mass of bright yellow foliage. Just magical.
Another inspired use of bright yellow foliage. Repeating the same elements throughout the planting really ups the impact and pulls the space together.
Holiday lights are tastefully displayed to provide interest and beauty in the garden in the off-season.
Ornamental onions (Allium sp.) stand tall, with their big, purple spheres of flowers creating a striking architectural feature.
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