Hilltop Gardens is one of the oldest Aloe Farms in the United States. It was first planted in 1939 by Sherman and Lee Ewald. They purchased and planted 100 acres in Aloe.
Love the "Wilder Bunch" on the back of our bus!
We are heading to the Visitor Center
When we first arrived we watched a video about the history of Hilltop Gardens that was very interesting.
This is a map of the current gardens with other
areas that may be developed later.
Check out more information about the gardens:
Paul Thornton, the Garden Manager and our guide today
These two plaques show the Global Gap Certificate which is for good agricultural practices and the second one is their organic certifications.
Behind the umbrellas is a stand of bamboos that are a part of the sensory walk through the gardens. We were in the Sound section of the gardens. We also walked through Touch, Smell, Sight areas.
The Hibiscus were in bloom.
The Honorable Chung King Yunho Lee (1929-1998)
Chung King Yunho Lee purchased Hilltop Gardens in 1988 and it is now incorporated as Econet whose mission is to grow beneficial plants to bring the best of nature to humankind.
In the Memorial Garden there are over 200 types of aloe that we walked through. Many of the plants were blooming and our guide told us that even more would be blooming in the next month or so.
Chuck and Sandy Trimpe listening to our guide.
This is a cactus that is starting to bloom.
Aloe Khamifsensis from South Africa
Common Name: Namaqua Aloe
Tradescantia Spathacea from Mexico
Common Name: Moses In A Boat
Common Name: Kapok Tree
Check out the thorns on this tree
Reflecting Pool in the Healing Garden
Beverly Terrill sitting on the corner in the Healing Garden.
Common Name: Travelers Tree
Sandy and Chuck Trimpe standing behind
an area planted with Rosemary
Our Bus Driver: Jim Drake
He looks like he is meditating!!
The one without any top was killed by an invasion of a destructive insect. They are leaving the trunk alone as it is a great place for woodpeckers to do their work. After woodpeckers drill some holes, other birds and small animals enlarge the holes and make their homes in the dead trees.
Common Name: Mother-in-law's Tongue
Common Name: Firecracker Plant
Bird of Paradise
The Children's Garden
Common Name: Dutchman's Pipe
This plant is pretty interesting as the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly lays its eggs on the leaves of this vine. The plants in the Pipevine family are poisonous to most animals. Caterpillars are able to eat them without being harmed. In fact, the chemicals stay inside the caterpillar and make them poisonous to most predators.