Today’s photos come from frequent GPOD contributor Cherry Ong.
These photos might be a welcome sight as you celebrate Thanksgiving next week.
I was fortunate to have visited Montreal in September, and I thoroughly enjoyed their botanical garden. Here are some highlights of their exhibition gardens. I really love how they nested their pumpkins.
I would recommend that any avid gardener visit their gardens. Bring comfortable shoes, a hat, and lots of water when you visit.
Echinacea ‘Kismet Intense Orange’ (Zones 4–9) set in a sea of silver Artemisia mauiensis ‘Makana Silver’ (Zones 9–11 or as annual)
Twiggy nests are filled with decorative gourds for the fall.
Zinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual) can’t take a frost, but right up to that moment, they can bring beautiful autumnal shades to the garden.
This living arch is planted with Sedum ‘Lemon Ball’ (Zones 4–9) and Begonia ‘Canary Wings’ (annual).
Close-up of the begonias growing on the arch
Wouldn’t you like to take a moment on a sunny autumn day to sit in these chairs and enjoy the sea of flowers around you?
A flower bed mixes annuals, perennials, and shrubs, all the flowers united by the shared red-to-pink colors.
With a garden this beautiful, it is little wonder that lots of people are enjoying it.
A dark-leaved elephant ear (possibly Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’, Zones 8–10 or as annual) contrasts boldly with a bed of ornamental grasses.
A bright tuberous begonia (Begonia × tuberosa ‘On Top Sun Glow’, annual)
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Wow, that is really a spectacular public garden...so many wonderful sights and ideas...both big and small. Hard not to want run out out and buy one last round of little pumpkins and gourds to try my hand at the adorable nesting look in containers. And, big YOWZA on that arch...what a masterpiece of plant pairing, technical skill and artistry...quite an undertaking with a drool worthy result. Thanks for taking the great photos and passing them on.
Thanks Michaele. Hope you get to visit in the near future. I think you would enjoy it very much,
Those dark leaf Elephant Ears are outstanding next to the fine green ornamental grass!
The contrast of the echinacea against the artimesia, of the gourds against their twiggy nesting material, of the elephant ears behind the silver blue green of the grass - what excitement lies in this garden! Thanks for sharing yet another fastastic round of photos, Cherry!
You're welcome. It was a lot of fun to visit.
My, my, it is all so pretty. Thanks for sharing, Cherry!
You're welcome. The garden is quite large too - it literally took me the entire day to see it.
What a wonderful place - that sedum/begonia arch is magnificent. Thanks for sharing your day at this beautiful botanical garden!
I had to wait awhile for the visitors to finish their selfies with the arch before taking some photos of it. Wish there was less sun for the photo that day but then that would've detracted from the entire experience of the visit.
I've been thinking I would like to visit Montreal, and here is another reason! Thanks for the inspiration!
You're welcome. Easy to visit from Downtown via subway.
It's so beautiful!
Wow! I love it! Great job!
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