I am at home in an old garden.  Sissinghurst is one of those gardens.  As Adam Nicholson says in his book, “Sissinghurst, An Unfinished History”:

“It is a place, like everywhere else around it, that is worn and used, as Edward Thomas once described a stretch of country he knew and loved, “like a schoolboy’s desk that has blunted a hundred ingenious knives.” ”

As gardeners, punctuating and blunting the Earth with our tools, we hope to make our portion of the Earth worn and used…well used.  But there is always a beginning to a garden, before it can become well-worn and used.  We visited the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens this past week-end to take in the newness of this place. IMG_4578 The “used” is the Historic Bamboo Farm, but to keep pace with the public’s thirst for a regional Botanical Garden, grounds have been broken and new gardens begun!  Besides the new Visitor’s Center, IMG_4576which was very welcoming, the plans are calling for a Formal Garden.  I love that they are using yaupon holly instead of the usual boxwood. IMG_4582 Natchez crape myrtle trees surround.  Also beginning anew is the replica of the Georgia Trustees garden, including plants that Georgia colonists once grew. IMG_4586

IMG_4591The Water garden is not new but we visited the shallow bog and deep pool.  This older garden exhibits wonderful ideas of what can be grown in the lowlands of Coastal Georgia. IMG_4607 CGBG was a wonderful place to visit, and will one day be worn and used in the most satisfying Savannah way!IMG_4614

In a few months time, the newer garden will start to take on a life of its own.  I can’t wait to return and to show you how it is “wearing, if not worn!”


About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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5 Responses to OLD PLACES

  1. Karen B. says:

    I think I need to plan a trip to the East coast to take in several of the gardens you and others have featured. Old or new, the plants your region can grow without issue are amazing. One more item for the bucket list!


  2. Pauline says:

    That looks as though it will soon be a very interesting place to visit, the map looked very interesting.


  3. My boxwoods take a gigantic hit every year from the snow fall so I was excited to check out yaupon holly. But, it isn’t for our zone – too bad. I had high hopes there for a minute. 🙂


  4. Dawn says:

    I love old gardens, too, Jayne! With the climate in Georgia, this garden should grow so quickly into an ‘old’ garden. Please bring us back again in a few months. It will be fascinating to see all of the changes. Wishing you sunny June days, Jayne! ♡


  5. It will be fun to see this garden develop. Sounds like a fun day. 🙂


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