Q: Could you suggest a few places in Northeast Ohio to view perennials later in the summer? It would be very helpful if they were labeled, so I would know their names. I’m just desiring to supplement my garden, but I need to see them first in gardens. Viewing in the catalogs can be very deceptive.
— Tom W. Edwards
A: Our region has a number of public gardens that incorporate perennials. A few I would suggest are Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, Secrest Arboretum in Wooster Township, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Fellows Riverside Gardens in Youngstown, Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Kingwood Center in Mansfield and Gardenview Horticultural Park in Strongsville. Not all have labels on all their plants, but staff members may be able to identify those that are unlabeled.
Some garden centers also have gardens that display the plants they sell. One with extensive gardens is Quailcrest Farm near Wooster. While the plants there aren’t labeled, the garden center does have a walking tour map that tells you what’s planted where. And if you see something you like but don’t know what it is, a staff member can help you.
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