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Take a walk at Cantigny Gardens.

Oakleaf hydrangeas present seedheads for winter interest.

Wearing my garden center manager hat, I recently attended a program at Cantigny Park about new plants for the upcoming season and to get a sneak peak at a few for 2017. After the program was over, I took a walk through the garden. The sky was gray, but the temperature was hospitable. Walk along with me.

The brick pathway beckons you to begin a horticultural adventure.

The wide brick path beckons you to begin a horticultural adventure.

Dried hydragea flowers are just what winter-weary eyes need.

Dried flowers of hydrangeas are just what winter-weary eyes need.

Evergreens frame the path and guide the way.

Evergreens frame a path and guide the way.

A weeping crabapple stands alone in the butterfly garden.

A weeping crabapple, the centerpiece of a butterfly garden last summer, stands alone in winter.

Pachysandra forms a carpet of green.

Pachysandra weaves a carpet of green.

Without the distraction of foliage, the beautiful branching structure is revealed.

Without the distraction of foliage, the beautiful framework of trees is revealed.

Conifers and boulders make a perfect partnership.

Conifers and boulders are the perfect partnership in a winter garden.

A stone retaining wall flows through the garden.

A stone wall flows through the garden.

A gazebo encourages you to cross the bridge.

The gazebo encourages you to cross the bridge.

Wild turkeys hang out under the bird feeder.

Wild turkeys hang out under a bird feeder hoping for a snack.

Visit a public garden in the winter. Consider what makes the garden beautiful when it is void of annuals and perennials. Notice the bones – the deciduous trees and shrubs, the evergreens, and the hardscape. There is a wealth of ideas that can be put to use in your own landscape. Garden with me!

2 thoughts on “Take a walk at Cantigny Gardens.

  1. Though I frequent Cantigny a lot during the summer months, never been there in the winter. Nice photos and a great reminder of the beauty of a winter landscape.

    1. Thanks Betty. I don’t take advantage of public gardens as often as I should. I was very fortunate to be there for a work event on a warm winter day!

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