Posted by: groundsforsculpture | April 19, 2010

Grass at the Grounds

It is only spring at GFS, but already, the emerging leaves of ornamental grasses and bamboo tease us. Their summer brilliance is planning a big show this year.

Variegated Bamboo, Pleioblastus auricomus, greets us at the entrance gate and along the wall at the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts. This dwarf bamboo does well in sun or part shade and is perfect used as a groundcover in contained areas.

A low haze of Giant Blue Wild Rye, Leymus racemosus, welcomes you to Damascus Gate. This grass is great for erosion control because of ts rhizomatous spreading root system.

Walter Dusenbery, Damascus Gate, 2002, granite, Courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation.

Though only low green tufts in spring, by June Pink Fountain Grass, Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose’, will become a striking row of pink inflorescence leading us from the Visitor’s Center to Grounds beyond.

Please visit Grounds For Sculpture on Earth Day, April 22, 2010. The gardens are changing every day with seasonal delights. Free tours with a horticultural twist will be available at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm. Hope to see you there.

Chris Thomas, Docent

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