The Horticulture Garden has had some major improvements, and lots has been happening, in the past few months. The annual Aggieland in Bloom celebration during May had its first-ever Mothers Day event with approximately 350 attendees, an Open House, and many more sculptures from Dr. Joe Smith of Caldwell have made an appearance. The transition from spring to summer color is almost complete.
The Crepe Myrtle Trail, sponsored by Brazos Beautiful, is nearing completion. Blooms are beginning to form on the young plants, which are grouped according to height and color. Ultimately there will be at least 30 named varieties adapted to the Brazos Valley.
The Found Rose Display has begun with roses collected from old gardens or sites where they have successfully survived for many years. Dr. W. C. Welch and Mike Shoup of the Antique Rose Emporium spent a number of years gathering these. Many are truly time-tested survivors which have proven to be among the best of roses for use in Central Texas, especially in terms of longevity and disease resistance. Most of these are available from the ARE. Two of the most noticeable and floriferous are ‘Maggie’ and ‘Caldwell Pink.’
Visitors to the site during the month of June should take special notice of the Vitex ‘Montrose Purple’ and ‘Pink,’ the flowering artichokes and cardoons, yellow bulbine, trial planting of at least two dozen varieties of copper plant, and the herbs of the Lou Cashion Memorial Garden, where mints, curry plant, fennel, rosemary and ornamental sunflowers are growing especially well. The staff of the Horticulture Garden is rightly proud of their ability to keep various lavenders alive and blooming, which can be difficult in central Texas. Planting lavender in a raised, well-drained bed will aid greatly in stemming losses from root rot.
To learn more about the garden or locate a map to it, go to < aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals>