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. 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, which was very welcoming, the plans are calling for a Formal Garden. I love that they are using yaupon holly instead of the usual boxwood. Natchez crape myrtle trees surround. Also beginning anew is the replica of the Georgia Trustees garden, including plants that Georgia colonists once grew.
The 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. CGBG was a wonderful place to visit, and will one day be worn and used in the most satisfying Savannah way!
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!”