The Federated Garden Clubs Garden

One of the most beguiling gardens
in the beautiful Springfield Botanical Gardens is the small garden known as the Federated Garden Clubs Garden.
      This remarkable garden is a cooperative project of four garden clubs: the Hillbilly Gardeners and the Ever Green, Brentwood Estates, and Cherry Court garden clubs .
      Created in the less formal English cottage garden style and designed to provide color all year-'round, the garden contains four quadrants, each one planned, planted, and maintained by one of the clubs. All of the labor is volunteer and nearly all of the plants are donated by club members.
      The Federated Garden Clubs Garden is located just north of the  Botanical Center in the Springfield Botanical Gardens at 2400 S. Scenic Ave. in Springfield. See it if you can. You won't be sorry.

The InvitationThe Invitation
What could be more inviting than this view of the garden, as if an oasis in the park's broader open spaces?  
An EntranceAn Entrance
The garden's quadrant layout makes for easy access and easy viewing. 
An Especially Good MixAn Especially Good Mix
Blue Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro) and Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) make a gorgeous combination, further proving that blue and orange shades and hues are always winning mixes. Note: The touch of white is Liatris (Liatris spicata).
Looking SouthLooking South
It isn't color alone that makes this garden appealing. Its more casual style makes possible a wide mixture of textures.
A Nice ContrastA Nice Contrast
The PathThe Path
Spider DayliliesSpider Daylilies
Russian Sage & LiliesRussian Sage & Lilies
A Container PlantingA Container Planting
White & Blue SagesWhite & Blue Sages
We were especially glad to see this planting because we think these are the sage varieties 'Victoria Blue' and 'Victoria White', both of which we really like and have grown separately in our own garden. We'd always wondered what they would look like planted together. Now we know, and we love the result.
Peeping ThroughPeeping Through
We don't know about you, but we love this sort of garden "accident." Here's our 'Victoria Blue' sage again and a low profile red Hibiscus peeping through the jungle. We think it's probably a 'Lord Baltimore' Hibiscus, but whatever the varietal name, we love the effect.
A Garden in MotionA Garden in Motion
Hillbilly Gardeners SignHillbilly Gardeners Sign
Ever Green SignEver Green Sign
Cherry Court SignCherry Court Sign
Brentwood SignBrentwood Sign
Lush PlantingsLush Plantings
A Good Bed in Fall 960A Good Bed in Fall 960
A Bright Mix 960A Bright Mix 960
Federated Gardens Sign 960Federated Gardens Sign 960
Yellow Lantana 960Yellow Lantana 960
New England Asters 960New England Asters 960
Garden Quadrant 960Garden Quadrant 960
Celosia 960Celosia 960

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