I needed a couple hours off from some nasty deadlines (they come in multiples, now), so I enjoyed the final afternoon of UTEP’s annual plant sale. Though blustery and spitting rain drops, the chilly air smelled so fresh.
Photos from 4/26/2014 –
Just in case you don’t know, this isn’t my look, and I like lots of looks.
This is really a plant collection more than a botanical garden – there’s little design to create serenity. The hardscape and architecture do all the work, as the plants go along. I know serenity, since I create it, even out of necessity (income) on thankless projects mostly about deadlines, bottom lines…sad those are.
I know serenity not just because I lived in a place named Serenity Hills a long while. Serenity, design…worth pondering.
As a designer, I can separate the parts from the whole, while I don’t expect others to do that. And the parts being native to here (Chihuahuan Desert) or to adjacent ecoregions, that is good.
No gestures to denial here, so another good thing other than the parts.
The front terrace at the UTEP Centennial Museum has always been a favorite place since my first UTEP plant sale in 2001. Living at the time in a horticulturally represssed / dyslexic town, seeing these massive desert willows anchoring other native plants with cool architecture was refreshing.
Until now, I never noticed how this ‘Maverick’ Honey Mesquite’s trunk frames the distant gold of Parkinsonia x ‘Desert Museum’.
Remember Danger Garden’s “cram-it” style of gardening?
I’ve shown a couple nearby gardens doing that, and I have a few more. It’s appropriate in a cram-it university planting, that I’m shopping for plants to fill my patio containers. And yes, there shall be cramming at my own place…I have the planters and sterile space literally begging for such a treatment. Begging, I say!
Did you really think I forgot there was a plant sale?
Stay tuned for the part about my plants :-)