Rock Garden At HortPark: A Collection Of Botanical Shapes

Rock Garden At HortPark: A Collection Of Botanical Shapes
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The Rock Garden at HortPark opened in 2021 but it still seems to be well-hidden and undiscovered spot. Even though small, it is filled with interesting and unusual looking plants waiting to be discovered.

Located across the main path from the HortPark children’s playground, the Rock Garden is named after the rocky path which creates a small loop around the little alcove. From the walkway, the only clue to it is the cobblestone trail which leads the way in.

Even though small, the Rock Garden is divided into three sections. These are the Canyon, the Boulder Valley and the Grotto.


Visiting the 3 Zones at the Rock Garden, HortPark

Visiting the 3 Zones at the Rock Garden, HortPark


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In the Canyon, there are plants with different unique forms.

Across a small stone bridge is the Boulder Valley. In this section of the HortPark Rock Garden, there are plants with spiky and twisty leaves or stems.

The last zone, the Grotto, features plants with droopy forms.


Plants to Keep A Look Out for on a Visit

With so many different plant types and forms packed into the small space of the Rock Garden, it is a great spot for those who enjoy botanical art. In fact, that was one of the reasons why the Rock Garden was set up in the first place.

However, even if you aren’t into sketching plants, you can still have a fun treasure hunt around the Rock Garden trying to spot the many different shapes and forms of plants. It is a visual treasure hunt which will put your powers of observation to the test.

Here are some fascinating plants that you can look for at the HortPark Rock Garden.


Duck’s Foot Tree – Leaves which look like webbed feet

Duck's Foot Tree


Codiaeum “Mother and Daughter” – Pairs of spoon-shaped leaves

Codiaeum "Mother and Daughter"


Pink Rose Cactus – Thorny stems

Pink Rose Cactus


Spiny Black Olive – DNA-shaped stems

Spiny Black Olive


Sea Holly – Looks like Christmas Holly

Sea Holly


Pencil Tree – Antler-looking stems

Pencil Tree


Indian Screw Tree – Twisted Pod

Indian Screw Tree


Croton – Twisted Leaves

Croton


Zigzag Plant – Zigzag Stem

Zigzag Plant

Have fun trying to spot these plants while at HortPark’s Rock Garden.

The garden can be found on the opposite side of the road from the start of the children’s playground, if you are coming from the main building. The scarecrow at the children’s playground also looks directly in the direction of the Rock Garden.


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