Prepare to watch the Cummer Gardens change for Spring! On December 3, our landscape maintenance team from Valley Crest Landscape Management as well as a team of volunteers will assemble to plant 449 petunias, snapdragons, violas, delphinium, and alyssum, among others, in the historic gardens. Although the plants will be small now, you will be able to watch them blossom as we lead up to Garden Month in March.
You might also notice crushed egg shells at the base of the delphinium. Not only does the calcium in the shells help provide the alkaline soil necessary for strong stems, it also acts as a deterrent for slugs, which love to feast of the delicate crown of the delphinium where the stems originate.
Also happening during December, look for new sod to be placed in the Upper Tier, and watch for changes to the courtyard as we install Florida native plants in conjunction with the exhibition, Jim Draper: Feast of Flowers.