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Herb Garden

The Herb Garden was established in 1984. It contains plants used to provide fragrance or for culinary or medicinal purposes. Every culinary dish tastes better when fresh herbs are used. Some traditionalists such as rosemary, common basil, thyme, and oregano fill this particular garden. Other herbs that have been increasingly used in restaurants for complex flavors have been incorporated into the garden for the 2018 growing season, including several varieties of nasturtium, cinnamon and lemon basil, and sugar bush.

In 2009, an anonymous supporter donated the sculpture titled “Eternal Flame” carved by Stacey Henderson of Des Moines. The piece is carved from Yule marble from the same Colorado quarry as the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

*This collection site was last updated on June 4, 2018.

Designation Genus species Cultivar Common Name
Deciduous Shrub Buxus microphylla var. koreana Korean Boxwood
Deciduous Shrub Corylus avellana Contorta Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick
Deciduous Shrub Hypericum  kalmianum Ames St. John’s Wort
Deciduous Shrub Malus x Prairifire Prairifire Flowering Crabapple
Deciduous Shrub Malus x Prairifire Prairifire Flowering Crabapple
Deciduous Shrub Paeonia  suffruticosa Guardian of the Monastery Tree Peony
Deciduous Shrub Paeonia  suffruticosa Shichifukojin Tree Peony
Deciduous Shrub Paeonia  suffruticosa Kokuryu-Nishiki Tree Peony
Deciduous Shrub X Sinocalycathus raulstonii Heartlage Wine Raulston Sweetshrub
Perennial Achillea milefolium Yarrow
Perennial Allium  schoenoprasum Chives
Perennial Foeniculum  vulgare var. azoricum Perfection Florence fennel
Perennial Levisticum officinale Lorage
Perennial Miscanthus sinensis Variegatus Variegated miscanthus
Perennial Nepeta  x faassanii Sun Hills Giant Catmint
Perennial Origanum vulgare  Oregano
Perennial Paeonia  Duchesse d’Orleans Garden peony
Perennial Paeonia  Paula Fay Garden peony
Perennial Papaver orientalis Royal Wedding Oriental poppy
Perennial Pervoskia  atriplicifolia Russian sage
Perennial Rhizoma iridis variegatum Variegated orris artemsia
Perennial Rhizoma iridis Orris root
Perennial Rosmarinus  officinalis  Rosemary
Perennial Ruta  graveolens Common rue
Perennial Salvia  officinalis Gold Variegated Sage
Perennial Agastache hybrid Mandarin Dwarf hummingbird mint
Perennial Melissa  officinalis Lemon balm

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