Kendrick Lake


 I just scanned this website and found that I mention the Gardens at Kendrick Lake in nearly 40 posts, and probably have pictures of this garden in twice that number of postings. I dedicated one measley post on this garden on Prairiebreak, and a shorter, but more generous post on my Botanic Gardens web presence...I've linked both of those if the dozens of pix I post below aren't enough: I realize the bulb section seems endless--but hang in there: the later spring, summer and autumn are pretty dang good. For a municipal display garden, I think this one is over the top: I've never seen anything that can begin to compare with it. The scope, the variety and the sophistication is really more on the order of a botanic garden's complexity. And since three of the people who created this garden (Chris, Greg and Molly) are no longer there, I am not sure what the future holds. The garden is clean as a whistle, but each year more open spaces expand as plants die and are not replaced. One can only hope for a miracle--a gardener/designer of the caliber of those who created this garden to amplify the plantings in the near future. Fortunately, we've had over a dozen years to photograph and admire the place. I will not be commenting much: I think the pictures speak for themselves. But I shall label where I can...


Probably Erigeron compositus in foreground. One of several red species tulips above.

Tulipa clusiana

Tulipa clusiana


Hybrid of Tulipa clusiana
Tulipa clusiana--a different hybrid?

Tulipa vvedenskyi and Muscari 'Valerie Finnis'

Tulipa vvedenskyi and Muscari 'Valerie Finnis'

Tulipa vvedenskyi and Veronica oltensis




Tulipa sp.



Tulipa chrysantha and Muscari 'Valerie Finnis'

Tulipa chrysantha and Muscari 'Valerie Finnis'
Tulipa chrysantha and Muscari 'Valerie Finnis'
Tulipa chrysantha and Muscari 'Valerie Finnis'

Tulipa chrysantha and Muscari 'Valerie Finnis'


Tulipa chrysantha and Muscari 'Valerie Finnis'


Tulipa humilis hyb.





Tulipa vvedenskyi

Tulipa humilis forma

Tulipa batalinii

Tulipa batalinii

Tulipa batalinii

Tulipa batalinii

Tulipa australis

Tulipa batalinii


Amelanchier alnifolia

M. macrocarpum (M. moschatum var. flavum) 'Golden Fragrance'


M. macrocarpum (M. moschatum var. flavum) 'Golden Fragrance'


M. macrocarpum (M. moschatum var. flavum) 'Golden Fragrance'




Ribes aureum



Tulipa humilis



Opuntia basilaris

Echinocereus triglochidiatus, Delosperma dyeri, Eriogonum flavum var. aureum

Salvia transylvanica and Osteospermum barberiae v. compactum 'Purple Mountain'

Genista sagittale, Yucca pallida and much much more!


Clematis integrifolia 'Mongolian Bells' (blue)

Gladiolus oppositiflorus v. salmoneus

Kniphofia caulescens

Aster sedifolius

Aster sedifolius
 
Aster sedifolius

Aster sedifolius

Silene schafta

Salvia pachyphylla

Agastache 'Ava'

Agastache  (aurantiaca hyb.)


Opuntia basilaris (see above for same plant in bloom)



Hirpicium armerioides





Agastache rupestris

Agastache 'Ava'

Agastache 'Ava'

Salvia pachyphylla on a nearby median strip

Clematis fruticosa

Hylotelephium 'Neon'

Agastache 'Ava'


Molly and Greg cleaning up after disastrous hailstorm

Scrophularia macrantha (typical form)



Scrophularia macrantha (compact form)

Scrophularia macrantha (closeup)



Origanum 'Amethyst falls' (I think)

Chrysothamnus nauseosus dwf. form

Yucca pallida, Sedum rupestre, Allium sphaerocephalum

Hesperaloe parviflora





Agastache 'Ava'




That's it folks!

Comments

  1. Gorgeous photos of a place I also remember well during my last visit. I was impressed and that was after a hail storm. Looks even more beautiful in spring, I am surprised no deer or other critters bother the tulips though. Ernie

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  2. A terrific and inspirational garden. The bulbs, succulents, and perennials are top notch as is the design and execution. Marvelous!

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  3. Fantastic garden, great photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I may like your various spring (?) vies of this garden more than even seeing it in person a few summers ago. The mix of moundy plants, bulbs, and spikiness is great...but the photos from probably staying there too late and using a flash are the best!

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