“The closer I look at a plant, the deeper I fall in love.” – David L Culp, author, “The Layered Garden”
I’ve never seen a patch of Tricyrtis like this before and it was stunning! The clump of toad lilies, the unfortunate and who-knows-why common name of Tricyrtis, was growing near a small creek in the 25-acre Quarryhill Botanical Garden located in Glen Ellen, Calif. It is one of 20,000 wild-origin plants from Asia planted in the garden.
Quarryhill was a stop on the Western Region conference of the Amercian Conifer Society. According to the garden’s brochure, its mission is to “advance the conservation, study and cultivation of the flora of Asia…Many specimens in the garden face extinction as a result of habitat loss in their native regions. The wild origin of the plants at Quarryhill sets the garden apart, ensuring that it is not only a beautiful setting, but a modern-day ark, preserving species that are disappearing at an alarming rate.” In fact, the garden has some of the largest collections of species maples (third) and camellias (ninth) in the world. During the Quarryhill visit, I overheard one of my conifer comrades exclaim, “When I go home, I’ll look at my garden differently.”
Wouldn’t they look lovely with hostas, ferns and other woodland plants?