The Garden is well into the fall and most of the trees and shrubs have lost their foliage. We had the first hard freeze of the season on November 12th and that caused many of the woody plants that were still in beautiful fall color to lose their leaves.
The staff has been busy digging tender dahlias and cannas and storing them for the winter. On November 15th, we cut back the hardy banana in the Windmill Garden and covered it, as well as many other tender plants, with a thick layer of straw. Hopefully the straw will protect those plants that are borderline hardy on the Cape.
The Garden staff has been working hard putting lights in the trees and shrubs all throughout Heritage in anticipation of Gardens Aglow. We have installed almost 8 miles of lights in the Garden. That equates to 117,400 individual lights! In addition to the lights throughout the Garden, the staff has been decorating all of the museum buildings for the holidays. Of special note this year, the Special Exhibits Gallery (SEG) has been transformed into an area where you can come and see demonstrations on how to create various holiday decorations, including topiary and wreaths of many types. There is also a spectacular dining room table set for 16 special guests to inspire your holiday table setting this year! Join us for Gardens Aglow, Friday through Sunday, from November 29th - December 22nd.