My grandmother, Edna "Granny" Winkler, and me at Daniel Boone Gardens in July of 1988.
Today is my grandmother's birthday. My sweet granny would have been 90 today. She loved the mountains where she spent her entire life, and often shared stories with me about all the mountain plants she knew and the memories she had of them. She liked that I loved plants and she would have enjoyed seeing these pictures. Our day together at Daniel Boone Garden was a happy time and is one of my favorite memories.
The young photographer (pictured below) is my daugher, Emily. She climbed rocks and did a little housekeeping at Squire Boone's cabin when she wasn't taking pictures of us. She turned 26 on Labor Day.
Daniel Boone Native Gardens
August 13, 2010
Daniel Boone Native Garden was already moving quickly toward fall when I was there in August. The altitude is 3300 feet in Boone which adds about a month to winter and takes away a month of summer compared to Charlotte. For a town only a couple of hours away, the climate difference is remarkable.
This small, wild and weedy garden has a great diversity of plants - hundreds of species the brochure says. You can get a copy as you enter the garden.from the mailbox (pictured above). A visit here is a lot like going to a big flea or antique market where rummaging through the stuff looking for treasures is half the fun. And there are plenty to find.
This plant was labeled "Ragwort." Most were not labeled.
Red clover in front of Black-eyed Susan which was everywhere you look.
White mountain wood aster.
Stewartia ovata, the Mountain Camellia. This is a rare tree native to the southern Appalachians. You may remember other Stewartias I've written about.
Remember wells and asking for coins to throw in? I hope all your wishes came true.
Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis.
Jewel Weed or Touch-me-not, Impatiens capensis. The juice is good for poison ivy rash. Children (of all ages) love to touch the seed pods and watch them explode.
Ginny's Pagoda dogwood, so I'm guessing that's what it is. Cornus alternifolia.
Obedient Plant, Physostegia virginiana.
Beautiful Oakleaf Hydrangeas were in full bloom all over Boone. These shrubs were all around the outer perimeter of the garden.
The Daniel Boone Native Gardens are at 631 Horn in the West Drive in Boone. Open daily May- October from 10 am - 6 pm. Also available for weddings.