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Seen Yesterday In Spa State Park

Many New York State parks strike me as monuments to the fear of litigation.  The State destroys any lake it touches as a swimming experience with ropes and whistle-happy lifeguards.  But I am very fond of the Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs. It's very civilized, a nice combination of ancient pines and golf, hotel, swimming pools, theaters, picnic grounds, and mineral springs.

I took these two photos as I was running by yesterday: First, the best flower borders by far in the city are at the entrance to the park, a surprisingly personal mix of annuals, tall bold perennials, and grasses made monumental by their length and depth:


I have failed to do the border justice with my cell phone.  It sits on both sides of the Avenue of the Pines, probably a 100 feet on each side.  It has a color scheme that moves from blue purple and yellow in early summer to a late summer red and yellow.  It is clearly the work of one guy with a vision.  

I am really happy that border escaped any budget cuts.  And second, a meadow allowed to grow up to save on mowing:


Nothing fancy–just grass allowed to do its natural thing, but nice nonetheless. 

Posted by on July 30, 2010 at 4:48 am, in the category Designs, Tricks, and Schemes.
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6 responses to “Seen Yesterday In Spa State Park”

  1. Tara Dillard says:

    Michelle, you are a garden whisperer.

    Why? “…clearly the work of one guy with a vision.”

    Garden whiperers see things & KNOW.

    Interesting post on Landscape Juice today. Hope you see it.

    Have a great weekend.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  2. commonweeder says:

    Michele – you’ve just given me another reason to visit Saratoga! I hear there is a fabulous rose garden there, too. Is that a good rumor?

  3. Yes, I agree the border is great. I also like the depth of the landscape as a whole.
    thanks for sharing the photo with us.
    Small Garden Designs

  4. Mag says:

    I have never been there before. It looks like a great place. I hope to visit soon.

  5. Jeff says:

    Someone there must be a fan of yours. They are coming around to what is pretty. It does not take alot to make a place look nice. It just has to be weeded often.

  6. Lexi says:

    This is nice. I am glad that they are doing some good.