Elm Bank in Wellesley is a magnificent 36-acre Reservation and the home of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. It has 8 gardens that the public can enjoy year round including the beautiful Bressingham Garden designed by Adrian Bloom pictured below.
After buying a few heirloom tomato plants and a special Mother's Day arrangement of kale, lemon thyme, and lamb's ears at the Great Herb and Plant Sale we decided to explore the grounds.
Olivia loved running around the huge site and touching all the different plant textures. I loved looking at all the garden beds and how Bloom combined certain plants together in his design. One combination I really loved was the "Jack Frost" Brunnera with the "Ivory Prince" Hellebore with the Japanese maple as the focal point (shown above).
The Weeping Alaskan Cedar, above, is a tree I used to not like but have grown fond of every time I see it again. I like how sculptural it looks and how it works well as an alternative focal point to the usual red Japanese maples. Its weeping habit is also unusual and looks sort of wild against a manicured English garden.
At the Weezie's Children's Garden, there were these amazing woven branch sculptures that kids could play on. They reminded me of the Alice in Wonderland teacup ride in Disney World. Behind them is a path with posts holding bird houses. And just next to those bird houses was a tranquil yet playful water garden complete with a bridge and mini waterfall.
Then there was this: a gigantic red Adirondack chair. Olivia looked so tiny sitting on it and she loved every minute of it.
Overall, it was a great outing and an amazing discovery. It was, at least for me, the perfct place to go for Mother's Day. And it was only a 30 minute drive away. God, I love living here!
I hope all of you had a great weekend too.