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Botanical Society of ZooMontana

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"Jane Reger Sensory Garden"

The Sensory Garden is an ever-changing area of beauty and peace. From the earliest bulbs in the spring to the last mum or aster in the fall, the Sensory garden offers many educational opportunities such as what plants that do well in our Billings climate, what combinations of perennials are especially attractive, or what has to be done to maintain a garden with regards to soil and pests.

FLOWER HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GARDEN

For a look at the other plant varieties of the gardens be sure to visit our Botany Page

Grape Hyacinth

Also known as Muscari

Lenten Rose

Also known as Hellebores

Pasque Flower

The genus Pulsatilla

Muscari is a genus of perennial bulbous plants native to Eurasia that produce spikes of dense, most commonly blue, urn-shaped flowers resembling bunches of grapes in the spring. The common name for the genus is grape hyacinth. This Hyacinth can be found in almost every garden at the zoo and as a bulb can be moved easily.

Commonly known as hellebores it comprises approximately 20 species in the family Ranunculaceae, within which it gave it's name to the tribe of Helleboreae. Many species are poisonous. Despite names such as winter rose, Christmas rose and Lenten Rose, hellebores are not closely related to the rose family.

The genus Pulsatilla contains about 33 species of herbaceous perennials native to meadows and prairies of North America. Common names include Pasque Flower (or pasqueflower), wind flower, prairie crocus, Easter flower and meadow anemone. Several species are valued ornamentals and can be found in related shade of color.