Please join us as we visit "Edgewood", the private garden of John Lonsdale PhD, which has been evolving since the family's move from the UK to the north-east USA in 1995. The garden is home to several thousand hardy plants, trees and shrubs, grown in a variety of microhabitats including raised beds, xeric beds, bog gardens, woodlands, and cold greenhouses.
The 1.6-acre garden is situated just below the ridge-line on the northern side of the Great Valley, 300 feet above the valley floor and 600 feet above sea level. With perfect drainage, a southerly aspect and shelter from the worst of the prevailing winds, the garden is ideally situated to push the hardiness limits of many plants that would traditionally be considered impossible to grow here. The garden is enclosed by a deer fence, without which everything edible in the garden would be destroyed. The soil is slightly acid and rocky, and the garden is traversed by a 40-degree slope around 400 feet in length and rising 75 feet. The hill and the acre at the top of the slope is native deciduous woodland. With the exception of the raised beds along the driveway and around the house, none of the soil has been modified. Some supplemental water is given when conditions demand, via overnight soaking from sprinklers.
Our April visit will showcase spring ephemerals like Trillium, Arisaema, Phlox, Cyclamen (flower/leaf), Erythronium, Uvularia, Cypripedium, Sarracenia, Epimedium and many native woodlanders. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase some exciting plants to add to their own gardens.
Location and directions will be sent upon registration. Light refreshments will be served. This is a rain or shine event.