Mill Pond Garden Manager’s visit on April 24 to reveal secrets to Cape Town growers

Mill Pond Garden will be offering a manager’s tour from 10-11 a.m., Sunday, April 24, offering tips to help local gardens thrive.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at millpondgarden.com. Class size is limited.

Particular attention will be given to small flowering trees, landscape stratification and the creation of a four-season garden. Top quality plant choices will be highlighted for deer hardiness, long flowering, wildlife benefits, and overall performance with year-round blooms. This tour targets the peak of bloom in mid-spring.

Among the vertical garden tiers, one of the richest is the middle tier, which includes small flowering trees and tall shrubs in the range of 12 to 20 feet tall enough to provide shade and space for planting or seating. The tour will include ideas for seating areas, viewing environments, surprises, accommodations and wildlife encouragement.

Mill Pond Garden, at three-quarters of an acre, offers a variety of small deciduous ornamental flowering trees, such as crabapples, mimosas, Japanese maples, crape myrtles and hybrid dogwoods. Native trees on the site include dogwoods, redbuds, sourwoods, hawthorns and tree-sized viburnums. All of these trees and shrubs are beneficial to insects and animals, providing flower nectar, fruits, seeds, shelter for nesting, and habitat for insects that also provide food for birds. For beauty, they provide foliage color, flowers, fine growth habits, interesting bark, and brilliant fall leaf color.

All of these trees can be recommended for success in the Cape region and throughout Zone 7.

The garden will feature the peak bloom of azaleas, tulips, camellias, ephemeral perennials like trilliums, etc. Visitors will likely enjoy the sight of ospreys, geese with goslings, and pond turtles basking on Red Mill Pond.

Mill Pond Garden, located at 31401 Melloy Court, Lewes, is a non-profit public botanic garden on Red Mill Pond with a mission to provide holistic, beautiful, sustainable and educational plantings for the enjoyment and education of the community.