The Carlisle Garden Club’s Garden of the Month for August is the shade garden of member Carol Henry in North Middleton Township.
In 1996, Henry contracted with the former Country Market Nursery to plan and install the topsoil and crushed stones paths with a bulb and plant diagram. She originally planted about 1,000 spring bulbs, including anemone, daffodils, glory of the snow, striped squill, snowdrops and 100 white emperor tulips.
The garden, however, has changed. The 100 white tulips under the oak tree have since been eaten by squirrels and have not been replaced. The plant diagram was not followed completely and has evolved over the years.
The garden sits in the woods at the rear of her property at 130 Dorwood Drive, bordered by 35 hicks yews.
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Her late father dug all the holes, and she did the planting. In the last five years, the yews look like they had winter burn along the west side of the garden. This year, it was determined that deer are nibbling on the yews even though they are poisonous. This spring, Henry had them wrapped with mesh, and she is trying to save them. Several of the yews are coming back, but several have bit the dust.
In the last eight years, her love of hostas has grown as a charter member and current president of the Susquehanna Hosta Society. She has over 70 varieties of hostas in her garden along with other shade plants, such as acuba, astilbes, barrenwort, begonias, bleeding hearts, brunnera, cardinal flower, coral bells, various varieties of ferns, foamflower, ginger, hydrangeas, lamium, Lenten roses, ligularia, liriope, lungwort, black-eyed susans and solomon seal.
Thanks to the advent of Facebook, Henry recently discovered Martagon lilies, and planted several varieties last fall. They do very well in the shade. She also has a fairy garden in a wheel barrow with minihostas and sedums. She enjoys garden art to include making hypertufas for her minihostas, casting hosta leaves, and making “dish” garden art.
The garden will be open to the public on Sunday between 1 and 4 p.m. There is no charge to come and sit a spell on one of the benches, and enjoy the peace and quiet of a shade garden in the woods.