The half-acre garden is in bloom from early summer to late fall. These plants grow well in full sun, are drought and pest resistant, and provide a rich source of biodiversity and habitat for pollinators. Plants with varying heights, textures, colors, shapes, and bloom times provide visual interest throughout the summer.
The plants along the main path hold visitor’s interest all year-round with their bark, berries, and shapes.
This garden runs alongside the accessible path with masses of flowering shrubs and trees. A rock garden and fountain surround stone steps on both sides.
Established in 1970, the Rose Maze contains approximately 234 roses. There are 26 ever-blooming varieties, that include shrub and climbing roses. The Rose Maze was recently renovated with 32 new trellises and a half-moon pergola. The edges are flanked with Six Hills Giant nepeta and the honeysuckle keeps the hummingbirds as regular visitors. The garden is an explosion of color in June but the pergola and maze keep it of year-round interest.
The plants in this garden were chosen in pairs. For each North American tree, shrub, perennial plant, or ground cover, there is an equal Asian species planted nearby. Each species shares common characteristics such as time of bloom and color of the bloom. Differences, such as the size of the plant and the shape of the bloom, are the result of adaptation to the place of origin.
Community Garden & Produce Donation Program
Located just across the parking lot from the Botanical Center, the Community Garden garden combines over 60 10’ x 5’plots for Providence residents and 35 demonstration plots that Master Gardeners tend. The demonstration plots grow food for donation to St. Vincent de Paul and the Providence Rescue Mission.
The Edible Forest is a model for ecological urban landscape management. Its design uses permaculture ethics and principles. The Edible Forest features many unconventional plants like hardy kiwi, hazelnut, and the American Chestnut. Permaculture techniques demonstrated through the garden include an herb spiral, a keyhole garden, mushroom cultivation, hugelkultur gardening, and more.