Susie Harwood Garden and the Mellichamp Terrace

The gardens at UNC-Charlotte are looking great right now. I stopped by this week and took a few photos that I thought you might enjoy seeing. This time of year it’s impossible to keep up with all the new blooms and leaves and fronds, but it’s fun to try. Too bad you can’t pitch a tent there. Although come to think of it, there is a “hang your hammock” area and that’s almost as good.

Columbine and Royal Fern Susie Harwood Garden UNC Charlotte

Just inside and to the right in The Susie Harwood Garden, this bed of Eastern Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) and American Royal Fern (Osmunda spectabilis) comes into view.

Osmundastrum cinnamomeum Cinnamon Fern

A Cinnamon Fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum) with lots of characteristic fertile fronds sits just to the left.

Cinnamon Fern Pinnae Tufts

Even in the absence of spore-laden structures, flip over a frond and look for tufts of hair at the base of each pinna. These, too, will help you determine that you’re looking at at Cinnamon Fern.

Wildflower bed Susie Harwood Garden

A wildflower bed with several species of Trillium, foamflower, bloodroot, and heuchera.

Mellichamp Native Terrace Coreopsis and Phlox

At the edge of the Harwood Garden is the Mellichamp Native Terrace. Coreopsis and phlox are the current stunning pops of color for a background of lush, green texture. The fuzzy Fringe-tree (Chionanthus virginicus) at the back of the garden

Chionanthus virginicus flowers

Fringe-tree shows off the delicate flowers that earned it its common name.

Mellichamp Native Terrace ferns and wildflowers

Cinnamon Fern with Celandine-poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum). Notice all those dangly seedpods?

Stylophorum diphyllum Celandine Poppy

Celandine-poppy likes to spread itself around, but who minds? All those yellow flowers are little spots of sunshine in the garden.

Physocarpus opulifolius Ninebark

A plant that doesn’t do well for me (deer, dry soil) looking great here — Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius).

Physocarpus opulifolius flowers

Ninebark’s clusters of rosy blooms.

Aesculus pavia flowers

Who doesn’t love Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)? Such interesting flowers, and so gorgeous, too, draping slightly with the weight of their lushness. The petals look like little hearts.

Aesculus pavia Susie Harwood Garden

This fabulous specimen is waiting for you on the path out of (or into) the garden.


For information about visiting, volunteering, donating, or becoming a member: UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens

One thought on “Susie Harwood Garden and the Mellichamp Terrace

  1. How did I miss this? Spring, maybe? Beautiful photos but are you telling me that another botanical name that I actually knew and could spell has changed (Osmunda)? Say it ain’t so!


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