The New Crevice Garden at Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Mon, 2018-11-05 10:54 -- blazej
27 Oct
Lisa Bartlett

SMITH-GILBERT GARDENS is a roughly 16 acre public garden located in the historic southern town of Kennesaw, Georgia. It is humid and it is hot. Macaroni and cheese is considered a vegetable here. We have only one kind of tea and it’s sweet. Most Southerners idea of a rock garden is Stone Mountain (the largest exposed piece of granite in the world) and its laser show. Not exactly the sort of place one thinks of when one thinks of alpine gardens.  Crevice gardening started with Czech rock gardeners, in Europe, where the climate is better suited to most rock garden plants. Crevice gardening is really starting to gain traction in the States and we are excited to be a part of this growing trend, but when I told our volunteers we were ‘fixen’ to turn the old rock garden into a crevice garden they looked at me the way a dog looks at a ceiling fan.  “What exactly is a crevice garden?” they asked. I said, “It’s rock gardening, only edgier. Literally.” 

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