Winter’s thick blanket of snow over the Roselawn garden brings about a sense of tranquility. The world seems quieter.

This dormant season allows one to see the underlying structure of the garden and the parts that are kept hidden in the summer. When the leaves are gone branching patterns of deciduous trees like those of the large black walnut and the beech tree become apparent. The conifers provide shape and substance. Their green needles put more energy into sugar and essential oils this time of year which makes them more fragrant. The evergreens also provide nice habitat for birds.

A winter garden is never boring. You just have to sit back, breathe in the fresh air and observe, quietly.

Pat Bowman
Master Gardener + FoRC Treasurer

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 edition of the Friends of Roselawn Newsletter. Our newsletter is a membership benefit. If you would like to receive the newsletter early and in its entirety, simply become a member of the Friends of Roselawn. It’s a great way to support our work restoring the Roselawn mansion and promoting arts & culture in Port Colborne. Plus, our members receive great discounts from our generous local business sponsors.