The flowers spring to life a little later here in Aspen than in other places. However, it’s truly beautiful in the late spring and summer when the natural colors light up the entire valley. If you really want a special floral experience in Aspen this summer, be sure to visit The Little Nell. They offer garden tours every Friday starting at 4:00pm.
The Little Nell and their head gardener, Arabella of Busy Beavers Gardening, have cultivated an awe-inspiring collection of seasonal flowers. Some are native to the area while others are very exotic. They have multiple gardens throughout the resort grounds and the guided tour is very educational. Here are some of the things you will experience on your Little Nell garden tour:
The Front Garden
This is the most prominent garden at The Nell. It offers a charming flower display that shines both day and night. Ferns and hosta make up the backdrop, while colorful pansies, osteopemum (African daisy), cosmos and other distinctive flowers are used to create the main display.
The Living Wall
This unique garden was created in 2015 and is the only outside living wall in Aspen. The theme changes each year, along with different flowers and arrangement utilized to create a seasonal experience. It’s easy to understand why this is one of the resort’s most popular photo backdrops for Instagram posts and wedding photos.
High Line Gardens
Out in front of the Element 47 dining patio, you’ll find this garden area inspired by the High Line in New York City. It features perennials like columbine and lupine, along with seasonal flowers to brighten up the space. You’ll also find some delicious edible flowers here like violas that the world-class chefs at Element 47 will often utilize in special dishes.
Speaking of edible arrangements, the Edible Organic Herb Garden at The Little Nell contains fresh herbs and flowers grown specifically for the kitchen and bar. Be sure to try the signature cocktail of the garden tour: The Mountain Mojito. It is made with Goslings Black Seal Rum and crushed mint straight from this garden. Other herbs grown here include chives, oregano, rosemary, dill, lavender, basil, cilantro, marigold and spearmint.
The Hillside Garden
This is a European-inspired garden that combines ferns, columbine and hosta with colorful annuals like night-scented stock that provides an amazing fragrance throughout the evening.
The Cutting Garden
Last but not least, there are various gardens around the pool. The displays change throughout the year and can feature anything from iris to lilies. This is also where The Little Nell grows beautiful dahlias in a variety of colors.
There is no need to register for the Friday summer garden tours at The Little Nell. Simply show up before 4:00pm and meet by the living wall. Learn more.
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