The Courts and Family Gardens include the perennial and seasonal Bakewell Court Garden, the Cohen Court Garden, filled with unusual cacti, succulents, and herbaceous plants, and the Isabelle Baer Garden with two beautiful fountains. The Swift Family Garden boasts breathtaking views of the Linnean House, the Jenkins Daylily Garden features over 1,800 varieties of daylilies and witch hazels, and the Dry Streambed Garden has an open, meandering dry stream bed with rare and endangered, and other ornamental plants.
Located near the Lehmann Rose Garden is the Holly Field, which features a unique collection of American hollies, including red and yellowish-orange fruited varieties, while the Shields Hosta Walk is filled with stately trees, flowering bulbs, witch hazel and magnolias, and the enchanting Marie Carr Taylor sculpture, the ‘Four Seasons.’
The Goodman Iris Garden features hundreds of cultivars of bearded iris, as well as Japanese, Spuria, Louisiana, Siberian species, and the Knolls provides a scenic vista between Henry Shaw's Mausoleum Garden and the Milles Sculpture Garden.
The Milles Sculpture Garden is home to three large reflecting pools that were built in 1913 and display several works by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles. The lakes are filled with tropical and giant Victoria water lilies and are surrounded by tall bald cypress trees that frame the picturesque setting. The Gladney Rose Garden is shaped like a giant wheel and displays hundreds of hybrid roses, while the Lehmann Rose Garden contains an array of historic cultivars, floribunda and shrub roses, miniature roses, modern hybrid tea, and test roses, along with a small pool and fountain at the south end of the garden.
The Zimmerman Sensory Garden delights the senses with an engaging sensory experience of aromatic herbs and scented flowers, trickling fountains and tantalizing flowers and herbs.
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