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A knot garden, of course! Five hundred years ago in countries like Italy, France, and England, people started making patterns in gardens that looked like interwoven threads. Creating patterns like this takes a lot of time and a lot of work to maintain. So guess who had such gardens hundreds of years ago? Yes, people with lots of money, like kings. Today, even you could make a knot garden if you have time and patience. There are a lot of good plants to choose from, and they don't cost a king's fortune to buy!

Bonus fact:
The best types of plants to use in a knot garden are ones that stay green all year round, that grow very slowly, and that can be pruned into shapes easily. Draw a simple design on paper that has a geometric shape with crossing lines. Take your drawing to your local nursery and ask them to show you which plants that fit this description would grow best in your yard. Search on the web for examples of other knot gardens and be inspired!

How to find the knot garden at the Arboretum:
Come in the entrance to the National Herb Garden and walk around the fountain to the low wall. Look over the wall and down. This is your best view of the knot garden.

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Last Updated   July 10, 2009 9:19 AM