Garden Tour Highlights

Gardeners are inventive people so when you take a garden tour your bound to come away with some ideas or inspiration. I’ve had time for just one garden tour so far this year … the 2011 Lyme/Old Lyme Garden Tour with proceeds going to a worthy organization – the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut. Each property had some noteworthy design features worth sharing here.

One garden used color repetition to tie different areas together.

Orange, featured in plantings and the seat cushions, is beautifully contrasted by the brown decking and umbrella …

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

then it’s picked up as the feature color in adjoining areas …

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

to tie the gardens together.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

A highlight in another garden … masses of common plants.

A row of daylilies (Hemerocallis) beautifully offsets this magnificent stone retaining wall.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bachelor’s buttons (Centaurea) provide airy, understated, cooling color in a full sun garden.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

One set of gardens stood out for their wow factor and inventive ideas.

This small birch grove, underplanted by ferns and featuring a rather large praying mantis, welcomes visitors to a most unusual and unexpected series of gardens carved out of neighboring Connecticut woods.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The property owners literally went with the flow to deal with drainage issues. They created curving dry stream beds where water flowed naturally.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The creamy round rock dramatically contrasts against the black mulch. Native flat field stones bridge pathways crossing over the streambeds.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Besides the resident botanist’s collection of shrubs and trees …

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

the totally fenced in ‘back yard’ included a raised bed vegetable garden

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and a pond and all it’s associated sounds.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Drama continued inside the greenhouse with this centrally located green wall … whimsy surrounded by heat loving greenery.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Many of the properties highlighted vegetable gardens to give visitors ideas to use in their own gardens …

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

mostly raised beds and all fenced from predators.

Garden 4-2

One vegetable garden brought in a cozy feature … brightly painted chairs and a table that encouraged visitors to sit a spell and enjoy the beauty of edible plants.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 

 

My favorite gardens evoked a sense of peaceful relaxation …

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

of beauty and interest and an understated drama around every turn and from every view.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Many of the gardens enticed me to sit and enjoy the views around a home, along a wall, on a slope, on the edge of a field,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

or in the woods.

This view left visitors with welcoming feeling even on the way out. I love the use of nepeta along the outer  edge – instead of farther back in this driveway planting.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I like taking garden tours to get ideas … and to spend time with my best friend and garden touring buddy. While touring I pay close attention to the way I feel when I walk through gardens. Those that work for me give the sense that I could live there.

Digiprove sealCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2011 Joene Hendry

6 comments for “Garden Tour Highlights

  1. July 12, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I love getting ideas from other peoples’ gardens. Those drainage creek beds wandering through the landscape are interesting. And I love the snacking table and chairs inside the vegetable garden! Pick, sit, and sample!

    Lots of lovely ideas here.

    • joenesgarden
      July 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      The table and chairs in the veggie garden were one of my favs too, Laurrie. Begs you to sit and enjoy.

  2. July 12, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I, too, have gleaned many, many ideas from garden tours over the years. Sometimes I don’t even realize how a garden has influenced me until months or years later. Thanks for taking us along on this one.

    • joenesgarden
      July 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      Jean, I think one of the best perks from garden tours is how an idea you saw will pop up sometimes years later.

  3. July 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Joene, Thanks for the peek into those gardens. your photos certainly give a sense of the gardens. I have to admit my favorite is the green wall with those three faces. Just the right amount of whimsy!

    • joenesgarden
      July 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      Debbie, I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out how to add similar whimsy to my gardens. I’ll get it eventually … when the right object/idea hits.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: