Dr. Steven M. Still Garden
The Steven M. Still Garden features an extensive display of multi-seasoned perennials, shrubs, and small trees. On September 7, 2005 world-renowned English garden designer and plants man Adrian Bloom led the one-day installation of the garden with 120 volunteers, creating a colorful and diverse entrance to the Learning Gardens.
Many partners, including the Perennial Plant Association, Blooms of Bressingham, area growers and industry professionals donated materials and helped with the installation. In August 2007 the garden was dedicated to honor Dr. Steven M. Still.
The Still Garden is divided into four quadrants through the use of two diagonal “avenues” which cut through the garden. This design approach helps to draw the eye from one end of the garden to the other. It also visually divides the garden into different ‘vistas’ or rooms to be enjoyed both individually and as a part of the larger whole.
Viewing the garden from Howlett Hall, the avenue running from right to left features Rozanne geranium (Geranium ‘Rozanne’). This perennial geranium blooms from early summer through fall, and creates a river of blue through the garden. Planted along the sides of the avenue is Midwinter Fire bloodtwig dogwood (Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’), which develops brilliant red stems in winter.
The other garden avenue features Red Baron Japanese blood grass (Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’). In fall, the blood grass turns a brilliant red. Matrona stonecrop (Sedum ‘Matrona’) and Annabelle smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’) are strategically planted along both sides of the grass avenue to provide year-round beauty and interest.
Dr. Still's legacy to Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens can be seen by following this link: Dr. Steven M. Still Legacy.
Efforts are currently underway to establish the The Dr. Steven M. Still Endowment.