Visiting the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens at Penn State

June 9, 2011

Yesterday evening my husband and I were delighted to finally visit the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens at The Arboretum at Penn State. This garden recently completed Phase 1 of construction and currently contains over 17,000 individual plants representing over 700 species, but since we knew we only had about 1hr at best to walk around as the sun was setting when we arrived, we made a bee-line right for the Rose and Fragrance Garden, as, of course, that was the garden I most wanted to see. As the name suggests, this garden was simply overflowing with roses: some climbing trellises, masonry walls, and pillars, billowing over paths and tucked into corners. Vibrant clematis joined them on the biggest tutuers I’ve ever seen, and everything was underplanted with all manner of fragrant herbs. Meandering paths wound throughout the garden allowing you to get up close and personal with every plant and there was strategic seating for those who just want to just pause and take it all in. It was enchanting, and I put together a short slideshow of some of the plants we saw during our too short visit. Enjoy!

Welcome!

Welcome!

Arriving at dusk

Arriving at dusk

Beautiful container gardens

Beautiful container gardens

Looking out to Penn State campus

Looking out to Penn State campus

Magnolia virginiana, Sweetbay Magnolia

Magnolia virginiana, Sweetbay Magnolia

Iris laevigata, Rabbit Ear Iris

Iris laevigata, Rabbit Ear Iris

The waterlily and frog research pond

The waterlily and frog research pond

This rose was unnamed but looks to me like

This rose was unnamed but looks to me like "Blaze"

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' Smoke Tree

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' Smoke Tree

Rosa 'Tinneally' Miniature Rose, Jean Kenneally

Rosa 'Tinneally' Miniature Rose, Jean Kenneally

Dahlia

Dahlia

Lovely seating throughout garden

Lovely seating throughout garden

Fragrant old garden rose

Fragrant old garden rose

Unidentified rose climbing on pillars

Unidentified rose climbing on pillars

Unidentified rose climbing on pillars

Unidentified rose climbing on pillars

Unidentified rose climbing on pillars

Unidentified rose climbing on pillars

Rose and Fragrance Garden

Rose and Fragrance Garden

Rose and Fragrance Garden

Rose and Fragrance Garden

Foeniculum vulgare, 'purpureum' Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare, 'purpureum' Fennel

Rosa 'Korwest' Shrub Rose

Rosa 'Korwest' Shrub Rose

Love the iris on the right

Love the iris on the right

Rosa

Rosa "Reines des Violettes" old garden rose

Clematis 'Blue Light'

Clematis 'Blue Light'

Very fragrant!

Very fragrant!

Very fragrant!

Very fragrant!

Rosa 'Mignonette' Polyantha rose

Rosa 'Mignonette' Polyantha rose

Clematis 'Kardynal Wyszynski'

Clematis 'Kardynal Wyszynski'

Old garden rose

Old garden rose

Old garden rose

Old garden rose

Alliums

Alliums

Love these urns

Love these urns

Rosa 'New Dawn'

Rosa 'New Dawn'

Clematis

Clematis

Lady's Mantle and Sweet William

Lady's Mantle and Sweet William

Rosa glauca species rose

Rosa glauca species rose

Rosa 'Macdub' Large flowering climber, Dublin Bay

Rosa 'Macdub' Large flowering climber, Dublin Bay

Reine des Violette?

Reine des Violette?

Echninops ritro 'Veitch's Blue' small globe thistle

Echninops ritro 'Veitch's Blue' small globe thistle

Rosa 'Kortemma' shrub rose

Rosa 'Kortemma' shrub rose

Lily pond and frog research

Lily pond and frog research

Lily pond and frog research

Lily pond and frog research

Outside garden perimeter looking on to Beaver Stadium

Outside garden perimeter looking on to Beaver Stadium

Some really fun seating in the Pollinators Garden

Some really fun seating in the Pollinators Garden

Red Hot Poker in the Pollinators Garden

Red Hot Poker in the Pollinators Garden

Columbine in the Pollinators Garden

Columbine in the Pollinators Garden

Asclepias tuberosa 'Butterfly-Weed' in the Pollinators Garden

Asclepias tuberosa 'Butterfly-Weed' in the Pollinators Garden

The pavillion

The pavillion

Seating area with map of the valley

Seating area with map of the valley

Leaving the garden

Leaving the garden

As we were walking back to the car, we popped over to the Pollinators Garden which was filled with all manner of flowering native plants. I will definitely be back in a couple of weeks when they bloom because it will be amazing!

    { 4 comments… read them below or add one }

    Beca Lewis June 10, 2011 at 4:44 am

    YES! I knew you would love it there!

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    Hedgerow Rose June 10, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Oh my gosh even J said he wants to go back! It was heaven!

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    Tessa June 13, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Absolutely stunning photographs. The smoke bush and clematis are my favourite plants, great to see pictures of these!

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    Hedgerow Rose June 13, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Thank you so much! Glad you liked it! :)

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