Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden

Botanical Interest: 

Prairie grasses and wildflowers. In early summer, wild flax (Linum lewisii) presents its airy blue flowers. Prairie penstemons include Penstemon angustifolius (blue), P. ambiguus (pink), P. secundiflorus (pink) and P. virens (purple). These penstemons have small tubular flowers arranged in vertical spires.

It's a Fact: 

The landscape design intentionally tricks the visitor’s eye, making this garden seem to extend farther than it really does, just as the horizon line on the open prairie is often deceiving. The garden undergoes a prescribed burn every 3-4 years to simulate natural ecosystem processes.