Michelle Avent has brightened many hearts with her smile and left precious legacy at JLBG.
Beauty and innovation
To the north of the Alpine berm is the dryland welcome berm, a solitary, six-foot tall berm for large agaves and other companion plants. This section serves as a backdrop for our Open House visitor welcome tent. This rock garden space was constructed with a number of rock overhangs, where we grow succulents like lithops that can’t tolerate winter moisture.
Dividing the parking lot and Michelle’s Garden is a 300’ long border of more dryland plants, all grown in un-irrigated beds. These beds are composed of a 50/25/25 PermaTill blend with our native sandy loam and compost. Here, visitors will enjoy a wide array of agaves and yuccas, most from our JLBG breeding programs. These beds also contain an array of our baptisia hybrids, along with other incredible dryland lovers. On a smaller scale, if you’re visiting in early spring, you’ll be sure to notice the over 300 different taxa of hardy cactus that are tucked around.
Sunken pond rain garden
The final section of sun plants in Michelle’s garden are on the far south end of the property around the retention pond. Here, the moist part of the garden transitions from Iris x louisiana (Louisiana iris) in early spring to Iris ensata (Japanese iris) in late spring, followed by hardy hibiscus during the heat of summer. There is also a nice array of heat-adapted peonies in this section.