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Curving along the Great Basin, the Lakeside Gardens form a changing tapestry of color, texture, and movement with serpentine curves, seasonal highlights, and a juxtaposition of sun and shade plantings.

Naturalistic in style, the Lakeside Gardens include creative combinations of perennials, aquatic plants, ground covers, grasses, trees, and shrubs. A much-anticipated moment in late April to early May is the blooming of the 300 crabapple trees encircling the Great Basin and reflected in its waters.

Mass succession plantings of aquatic and semiaquatic native plants, perennials, ornamental grasses, irises, and roses guarantee a color show throughout all seasons. These plants were chosen for their ease of management and their adaptability to shoreline challenges and water fluctuations.

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