Bloom Day in May: Mugongo

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Last week, my parents were visiting us, and we took an overnight trip to the north of Rwanda. We made a stop at Mugongo, the former home and plantation of long-time American resident Roz Carr, who founded Imbabazi Orphanage in 1994, reworking her old farm buildings.

You can read about Roz’s life in Rwanda, from 1949 to 2006, here.

The long English-style flower borders looked particularly colorful as we near the end of the rainy season. Among the many plants blooming were calla lilies, hybrid tea roses, crocosmias, cannas, calendulas, fuchsias, violets, ageratum, hydrangeas, borage, sedum, Santa Barbara and Shasta daisies, azaleas, irises, dahlias, begonias, and day lilies.

It is a credit to Roz’s good strong design and to the continuing dedication of the gardeners she trained that the garden is still so beautiful, almost eight years after her death.

Click here for more information about the Imbabazi Foundation and how to visit the Mugongo garden.

You can scroll through more (and larger) photos by clicking on ‘Continue reading’ below and then on any of the thumbnail images.

Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day (the 15th day of every month).

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9 responses to “Bloom Day in May: Mugongo

  1. Pingback: A garden in the Virunga hills | enclos*ure

  2. What a beautiful garden. My daughter lived in Kenya serving in the Peace Corps and it was always fun to see islands of the colonial history.

  3. I’m sure we’ll see more photos soon….
    They are safely home!:)

  4. Stunning! Thank you for sharing your part of the world with the rest of us.

  5. Melissa Haertsch

    I hope if life requires me to board a cargo plane for a very long ride at the age of 82, I will have the grace and courage of this amazing woman. Thank you for sharing her with us.

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