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Plant Walls and Hedges


Name: Plant Walls and Hedges

Open to the public? Yes

County: Forsyth Co.

Address: Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S Main St, Kernersville, NC 27284

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USDA Hardiness Zone: 8a (2023)

Extension Demonstration Garden? No

Approximate year the garden/landscape was established: 2008

What to look for: Hedges can play an important role in a garden. They separate spaces, they hide unsightly views and they provide privacy. At the Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden hedges provide these functions and more. A colorful hedge lines the parking lot, so even before getting out of the car a person has the feeling of being immersed in the garden. 

Ginkgo trees are used as a tall but see-through wall. There is a hint through the spaces of the plant treasures that lie behind the tree wall.

The solid hedge at the back of the parking lot is planted with a number of different trees and shrubs that give it wonderful color and texture. 

A fence doesn’t need to be dull and boring. At the Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden a fence has been used as a planting opportunity. By adding a second fence about 8” in front of the first a narrow planter area was formed. This area became a planter with the use of landscape fabric and potting soil. Many of the plants are changed according to the season. 

Horticulture: The ginkgo wall is pleached. Pleaching is a technique of weaving branches of trees into a hedge or arbor. Deciduous trees are planted fairly close together in a line. Branches are chosen to be woven together to form the desired shape. Over time the branches from opposing trees will graft themselves together to form a very strong wall.