I had an opportunity to see the Ulfelder Healing Garden I had read about at Mass General Hospital when I was in the area. This beautiful garden is on a rooftop that overlooks the Charles River in Boston. Designed with winter viewing in mind as well, I truly appreciated the choice of trees, shrubs and grasses during my February visit. There is a diagram and list of all the plants on the way out so I was able to learn the names of the ones I didn’t recognize.
Orchids greet you when you walk into the indoor garden:
and outside, you first see the butterfly bushes, which are pretty whether in bloom or not, with foliage that lasts through the cold months
Paperbark maples from afar:
and close up:
A dogwood hedge with spectacular color – the bottom 3/4 was yellow-twigged, while the top 1/4 was lit up in a red-pink glow.
A few views towards the John Hancock building in the Back Bay:
A glimpse of the Charles River with a red-twigged dogwood, a lacecap hydrangea and a spirea:
A yellowwood tree:
I was so excited to see this tall Ruby Glow Witch Hazel,
A scenic view of the Longfellow (salt & pepper) Bridge behind the witch hazel:
The base of one of the river birches:
It was hard to leave this garden, but it was a bit cold so I figured I’d have to go back and revisit in the spring or summer.