"THE CHILDRENS GARDEN"
The children's area is located south of the main plaza. the garden is an area with large metal sculptures of animals that children can enjoy. The garden is above Canyon Creek and offers five berms of perennial and annual flowers for visitors to experience. There are several mature trees with benches beneath offering a place to rest, read or just observe the activities of the zoo. The center berm of the area is a color wheel of flowers! The gardens are planted to educate the visitors about specific blooming times of perennials that grow well in Billings. The gardeners try to plant flowers of interest to children. The plant might be an unusual color, shape, texture or the fruit produced particularly fascinating to children. The gardeners are also trying to propagate an early interest in gardening!
PLANT VARIETIES of the CHILDREN'S GARDEN
When is the best time to plant garden mums?
Spring or Fall ! When mums are planted in the spring after the last frost, they have plenty of time to develop a substantial root system that will lead to good blooms and healthy plants in future years. In the fall Mums add a big dash of color to any garden. Just remember it's a short season so they won't last as long.
Do mums have special soil requirements?
Not really. Mums can be very happy in well prepared, slightly acid garden soil. To grow chrysanthemums successfully you should have a pH reading near 6.5. As with most plants, mums appreciate well-drained soil with lots of organic matter, such as compost.