The Garden in Bloom 

October and November at the Botanical Garden

In October and November enjoy chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum morifolium) on the Geis Terrace, Japanese Garden, Hershey Children’s Garden and Campsey-Stauffer Gateway Entrance Garden. In the Western Reserve Herb Society’s (WRHS) Herb Garden the bright red flowers of pineapple sage (Salvia elegans),  blue sage (Salvia azurea), and soft purple flowers of Mexican sage (Salvia leucantha) are on display in the Trial and Cutting, Culinary, and Edible Flowers sections. Aromatic asters (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘October Skies’ is by East Boulevard outside the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouses and ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ is showy late in the Inspiration Butterfly Garden. Savor the last roses of the season in the Mary Ann Sears Swetland Rose Garden and the WRHS Herb Garden.

Plants with showy fruit include Chinese beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma) in the Gateway, Restorative, and WRHS Trial and Cutting section. Ornamental grasses with decorative plumes include fountain grass along the walk through the David and Paula Swetland Topiary Garden and Chinese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis) in the Gateway, Restorative, Topiary, and Children’s gardens.

Red fall foliage of Virginia sweetspire is on display along White Oak Walk, Gateway, and Restorative gardens. See the apricot and yellow foliage and enjoy the fragrance of fallen Katsura tree leaves on a sunny day (Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Morioka Weeping’) on the north sides of Gateway and Rose gardens. A bit later check out the yellow of tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in the Woodland and Children’s gardens, and the red of tupelo in Woodland. Be sure to see the Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) in Gateway, Japanese, Restorative and Inspiration Small Conifer gardens this fall.

  • Chrysanthemum 'Gigi Dark Pink' blooming on the west terrace.
  • Callicarpa dichotoma in the WRHS Herb Garden.
  • Salvia azurea blooming in the WRHS Herb Garden
  • Rosa 'Sceptered Isle' blooming in the Rose Garden