Addendum to GGW Design Workshop on Labeling And Record Keeping

– Posted in: Garden Design, Garden Plants

braille-plant-sign-at-ta-university-botanical-garden-resizedAn addendum to Nan’s informative post for January’s GGW Design Workshop on Labeling and Record Keeping. When I was at the Tel Aviv University Botanical Gardens earlier this week, I noticed a few ways of labeling plants that I had never seen before.

The first one, in the herb garden, was braille plant labels. I had heard about them in my readings over the years but had never seen one. I was grabbed by their beauty and  thought that they added a certain emotional and esthetic quality to the garden.

wall-garden-plant-tag-at-ta-university-botanical-garden-resizedThe second one was plant labels for wall gardens. Would guess that several botanical gardens have them but I still think it’s a nifty idea. Unlike plant labels interspersed with plants on the ground, if positioned correctly, these labels are unlikely to interfere with the plants! How cool is that?

Fran Sorin

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Lisa at Greenbow January 16, 2009, 12:06 pm

I am always drawn to these brass plaques no matter how or what is printed on them. I think they are charming and they seem so permanent.

This is my first ‘viewing’ of them. And yes, permanent would be a good word to describe the feeling that goes with them. Fran

Ellen Kirby February 1, 2009, 12:01 am

I use stones. They are long lasting and easy to read.

If you stop by here again, Ellen, could you let us know what you use to write on them?