Submitted by: Chris Turner, Old Northside Parks Horticulturalist and Resident
When the first houses in The Old Northside were first built there was a popular style of planting known as carpet bedding. Fueled by new plants from around the globe, wealthy homeowners and public parks gardeners would arrange plants in elaborate patterns such as Fleur de lis, butterflies or whatever other flights of fancy they desired. Also known as tapestry bedding or jewel bedding the plants were kept very low to the ground to mimic carpets. As time went on styles changed, parks budgets were cut, and this type of planting became rare.
When Great Oak Commons park was laid out in 1990 it was conceived as a Victorian Strolling Park with iron fountain, gazebo and other typical features of the era. As I have worked on the gardens there I have always thought it would be great to bring a bit of the gardening of the era back.
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