Note: This series of blogs are now written well after the Colorado trip. It is amazing to find oneself in areas that do not have reliable internet access or where there are better things to do. So I hiked and photographed and explored and put aside my laptop. I will now continue to recount the tale, but at a pace a full time day job and evenings with many projects will permit...
A Visit with Jane Hendrix
When my friend Anne heard I as visiting the Colorado Mountains, she said "You must visit Jane Hendrix and see her garden. She grows great alpines. We hear from her on the NARGS forum quite a bit. She is very knowledgeable. And her pictures are outstanding." So we made arrangements. Jane graciously not only opened her garden to us, but offered to guide us up the mountain from her back yard.
Let me diverge here to offer yet another reason to join NARGS (North American Rock Garden Society): like minded gardeners. When you join NARGS you have access to a list of members who open their gardens in locations around the world. These gardens are all unique as well as being some of the finest gardens worldwide. They range from small private sanctuaries to large botanic parks, with quite a few estate gardens in between. The common theme throughout is great gardeners with a keen interest in plants.
Our first day in Breckenridge started with some sun, but not enough to help us jump start out of bed. I spotted a doe in the back yard as we breakfasted. Ugh, forest rats are here too! But it was hard not to soften at the scene. After all this was the deer's forest. We headed off to Jane's after a quick trip to the market in town. Turned out, Jane's place was a little more difficult to find than usual. There has been so much rain that roads and bridges washed out. And our GPS failed! We arrived a little late, but found her patiently waiting.
|Mountain View Experimental Gardens|
grass, I thought of times long ago in the California mountain meadows. But this was a little different - more moisture. Perhaps the beavers are just more active here. At any rate, the mertensia was very lusty, and even of an all-pink variety.
|Trollius laxus albiflorus|
|Dodecatheon in the garden with primula|
|Penstemon 'Breitenbush Blue'|
|Senecio amplectans holmii|
We were lucky enough to purchase some booklets Klaus and Jane had published. It turned out these were my best field guides. Easy to pack and weighing much less than my reference books, they were tucked into the backpacks for day trips.