As gardeners, we’re predisposed to look at our landscapes through creative eyes. In our own backyards, we choose certain plants so to harness a space and capture a season. Whether it’s cheerful ephemerals in early spring or the dramatic rustle of grasses in autumn, we are constantly planting for a seasonal essence. Winter interest plants are essential, as well- illustrating that dormancy doesn’t automatically equate to dullness.
Public gardens are no different, as they aim to attract visitors year-round. It’s no secret that public garden visitation drops significantly during the winter, posing a challenge for the horticultural staff who tend them. The Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville has found a very creative way to attract visitors this winter, which required a bit of thinking outside the box.