LAKE PLACID – The AAA Four Diamond Mirror Lake Inn is known for cleanliness and friendliness, and in summer, it’s floral presentation is a show stopper.
Just drive by the AAA Four Diamond Mirror Lake Inn during July, August and September and one can’t help but be almost mesmerized by the beauty of the Upstate New York resort’s flower presentation. It’s something that Jill Robinson and her crew of green-thumbed colleagues take great pride in displaying to guests of the Inn, diners at The Cottage Café, and general passersby.
Guests using the main staircase are greeted by a blend of zinnias, salvias, grasses and Prairie Sun rudebeckias. An outside border of namesia and alyssum adds a bit of fragrance and continuous color.
“Everything is coming along good. There’s a ton of flower buds,” said Robinson, a 15-year Mirror Lake Inn employee and Saranac Lake resident who received an Associate’s degree in horticulture from the State University (NY) at Morrisville, and her Bachelors in Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota.
Meanwhile, the window flower boxes in the four-story Mountain View building similarly stand out with arrangements of Supertunia Vista Fuchsia.
“On days like today (it was warm and humid when we spoke), they’ll pop out,” she continued. “The rain in July helped the perennials. Everything is holding their leaves, shape and color. We go in circles in feeding, weeding and dead-heading.”
A cottage garden, opposite The Cottage Cafe, continually draws attention. Ph0to ops, selfies and family shots are taken in abundance here. An informal planting of sunflowers, zinnias, salvia, dill, rudebeckia and verbena bonariensis give the garden an array of varying heights. Yellow snapdragons add pops of color in lower spaces. The bed is bordered by colorful Supertunias and fragrant alyssum, nemesia and heliotrope.
An additional kitchen garden is devoted to providing The View Restaurant and Cottage Cafe with fresh herbs like rosemary, basil, chives and mint. A near daily picking of fresh nasturtium flowers garnish the entrees of the Inn’s AAA Four Diamond dining room.
In addition to nurturing the Inn’s annual display, Jill’s work is often admired by people that happen upon it.
“People love talking about flowers and gardens,” said this savant of the soil. “Everyone has a space in their live for them.”