Bog Garden Photos
Hi guys! I have a neat little request that I'm hoping some of you might be able to help me out with.
In June, I've volunteered to teach an adult-level class on how to grow carnivorous plants at my local botanical garden. Among many things I'll be teaching will be the basics of constructing various ways to grow CPs. I would love to have a powerpoint presentation with pretty pictures to serve as inspiration. I'm looking for a photo showing an awesome, large, well-constructed bog garden, possibly where the plants have had a year or so of maturation time. I will also have slides on "mini-bogs," "the windowsill garden," and "the tray method," so if you have especially attractive setups that fall under those categories, please pass those along if you want to.
If anyone has photos of their setups that they would allow me permission to use, I would be incredibly grateful. I am receiving no compensation and it's entirely a personal effort. It's my desire to inspire others to want to engage in this hobby, and I think the best way to do that is showcase what beautiful things we can create with a strong love of CPs. There are only a handful of CPers in Georgia and I'm seeking to change that. I can find photos elsewhere but I really value showing people what real enthusiasts have come up with.
If you have more than one, that's fine too and images can be sent to email@example.com. Thanks in advance for any help!!
My photo thread on here is full of pics of my bogs. Feel free to use any you'd like.
It's nice to hear from someone in GA! You are welcome to use any of my photos. One bog garden I have is just a peat filled pool buried in a raised garden. The garden is planted with veggies and other wildflowers, so the pitcher plants can sprout amongst any garden plant you wish to plant nearby:
Also check out the photothread. It's not necessarily a bog graden, just a wet spot in my yard that has naturally occurring sundews, utrics, pings, and a transplanted colony of Sarracenia minor from my neighbors' land that I removed (with their permission) before they developed the land. I have planted a couple other Sarracenia and Drosera species in the bog. I suspect many people in Georgia have wet areas in their yard as well that may support some carnivorous plants.
Good luck on your presentation! We do need more carnivorous plant gardeners in this state.
Thank you guys for your help and input, and also for having such great collections of plants! I'm very grateful!
astateen, I wholeheartedly agree that there should be more CP people in Georgia--I looked at the ICPS member list for GA recently and there are only 22 of us!! So I'm sort of on a crusade here and I hope it works out. Also, great job on your work with your natural bog. What a neat thing to get to play with! I'm a native plant nut too and the wildflowers look really gorgeous alongside the Sarrs. If you ever get ahold of Pine/Turk's Cap Lily, Rhexia virginica (Meadow Beauty) or Xyris (Yellow-Eyed Grass), those are great and beautiful noninvasive natives that I've enjoyed in my bog for years. Plus the native bog orchids (Habenaria, Calopogon, Platanthera, Pogonia) are just incredible but extremely difficult to find for sale.
Do you have any plans for a small prescribed burn? It might ease up the workload of removing all of those competiting plants.
Last edited by theplantman; 01-24-2014 at 09:20 AM.
I have several species of Rhexia and Xyris, but a lily would be awesome to have. I do have some Zephyranthes (I love the name and the flower; its like a white Amaryllis). Spiranthes verna are native to the bog, and I am growing a Calopogon. A lot across the street has wild Platanthera flava, but the owner has no plans to develope the area, so I just let it grow as it is. I am hoping over time, some may spread to the bog by seed.
Unfortunately burning does not kill the rhizomes of the Centipede grass. I just have to dig those up. Drosera and Utricularia subulata love to colonize the bare ground left behind!
Is there a botanical garden in Athens? I've only been there once to see the UGA campus.
Are you interested in a simple 2-3foot bucket bog garden I made back in 2005? It could be an example of a mini-bog and the pics I remember having aren't horrible and show the right after planting growth and then 4-6 months later. I do not believe I have a pic found recently of the 1-year mark.
Should I dig that up and share tonight? Or is it not quite what you are looking for?
@astateen: It makes me happy to know there are still people out there in our state that appreciate natural resources like your bog. Please keep updating your progress on the plants because it's a really cool and unique situation! In Athens there's the State Botanical Garden of Georgia (http://botgarden.uga.edu/) where I will be teaching; it's affiliated with UGA. I work for UGA in the Plant Biology Department and manage a few research greenhouses and curate carnivorous plants, orchids, and other stuff for teaching and tours. If you're ever in the area on a weekday, I'd be happy to show you around--just give me a heads-up beforehand.
@Odysseus: I had the exact blue tub you have a couple years back and I too grew plants in it! I had it full of water and waterlilies and frogs! I think your bog's cool and a great, simple idea that a lot of people would go for. I'm still not sure what pictures I'll use since the presentation isn't until June. When the time comes, I'll just sort through what people have granted me permission to use. I appreciate you taking the time to dig those up and re-share! The 1-year mark thing was just my rough guesstimate of how long it takes a bog to look really settled in (if that makes sense). It seems your plants grew in really well!
Last edited by theplantman; 01-27-2014 at 05:14 PM.
Here's my bog garden made in 2013
I recently posted this on sarracenia.proboards. Feel free to use any of my pictures
That is an absolutely awesome bog. I'm jealous. Thanks for posting!!
Originally Posted by Naturenuts