Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What hort students will endure to see a famous garden!!

So tonight wraps up what has been a fun summer quarter with Edmonds Community College's horticulture program. I took a group of 25 students around to meet avid plant collectors and see their extraordinary landscapes throughout July and August.

Our grand finale is the exuberant and quirky Ciscoe Morris, his wife Mary and their amazing garden in Seattle.

It was such a treat and a real honor that Ciscoe agreed to have my class visit his garden. Not only were we treated to his over the top enthusiasm for his plants, we learned so many new facts and tips on cultivating a lot of the rare treasures he pointed out to us.

Morris 8

Before this tour, I got a phone call from a group of my students who were carpooling in the same vehicle saying they were running late because they had just been in an accident.

"Oh dear, is everyone okay?!"

"Just a bit sore. We were rear ended. We'll be there in a few minutes, they're just finishing up the police report"

"If you need to rest and just want to head home or if you need medical assistance, please go ahead to the hospital!!"


15 minutes after that conversation, they quietly joined our group and Ciscoe's tour.

I can understand their commitment and desire to see this garden and meet Ciscoe in person, but I couldn't get over the fact that THEY DECLINED A MEDICAL VEHICLE and actually told the officer to hurry with the police report because they were headed to Ciscoe Morris's garden for a class!!! hahahah

I certainly hope it was worth it for them. Ciscoe has such an amazing assortment of plants and a wealth of tips and information. I was amazed how far his voice carries! I wonder how his neighbors tolerate this! LOL

Here are some highlights:

A lovely specimen of Eucomis 'Oakhurst' that just looks smashing with a yellow-leafed Caryopteris.

Melianthus 'Antonow's Blue'. He says to plant it 4" deeper than it was originally growing and to mulch it well.

The short, but smashing Agapanthus 'Graskop' with Crocosmia 'Solfaterre'

A stunning specimen of a rare Nolina species (longifolia)

I'm so glad my students are safe. Now with the class over, I hope they'll rest and recover as they're already asking about a future class for more tours!

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