Hotfooting through North America 

June found me visiting some beautiful gardens in North America as far south as Florida's Key West and north to Ontario in Canada

Trip to the Cypress swampThe month began with me attending the American Public Garden Conference in Miami, Florida. This was a fabulous week of learning, networking and visits in the Miami area. Our first trip was to the Big Cypress National Preserve, which is next to the Everglades on a huge site of 729,000 acres. The rangers' main problem is removing fast-growing and invasive species - not to mention the alligators!

Presenting to the APGA ConferenceTaking part

Next I tried my hand at presenting to the APGA Conference on Garden Club of America/Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowship and other traineeships around the world. During the week I got to listen to some fascinating speakers and join in discussions, which gave me a wonderful opportunity to network with influential American horticulturists as well as explore the city of Miami. 

Chanticleer's Ruin GardenTies to the UK

Travelling north, I visited a jewel of a garden in Pennsylvania, the Chanticleer Garden. There are 35 acres of gardens open to the public which include the wonderfully named Tennis Court Garden, Teacup Garden, Serpentine Garden, Ruin and Gravel Gardens. Created in 1912, the Chanticleer has become one of the most stunning gardens in North America, with ties to Great Dixter in the UK, and many similarities in the planting styles of both gardens.

Royal Botanic Gardens                                  

RBG is the largest botanical garden in Canada and split between different sites in Ontario; these are so far apart you need to drive or catch a bus between. The most recent addition to the garden is the New Rock Garden, which was created from a quarry more than 80 years ago and has recently undergone a massive regeneration. This is one of the best rock gardens I have visited, with some superb planting giving visitors a wonderful display all year long.

New Rock Garden at RBG RBG New Rock Garden planted bedsHerb Garden at RBG Charlie at RBG

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