|Landscape award yard in urban site|
Nine gardens will be visited, encompassing a wide variety of types and settings. Several of these gardens were also on the tour back in 2004, and one is a previous Landscape Award recipient.
|Nest with photo cam|
Two gardens are on small, urban lots close to town, with perhaps only as much as 10 feet between house and side border. These gardens are almost 90% native, and both planted by designers.
One garden surrounds a home in a gated community that is located surrounding a spring, which used to be public. These owners have planted with water conservation and restoring native ecosystems in mind.
One house is on a golf course. Here the owner has adapted parts of her long skinny site to different habitats that stretch the envelopes of regional types. Part is dedicated to the trees and woody forbs found in northern parts of the states, and part to plants that thrive in the central and southern regions. Although the owner has not planted exclusively natives, she is a talented gardener and a successful plant propagator.
|Passiflora incarnata in wildlife garden|
One house abuts a conservation area, has several pond areas, and includes beautiful scrub in front, as well as wetland and shade areas that include “rescued” plants.
There is nothing like seeing a plant in place in a real garden setting to understand how it might look at your own place, and the chance to see so many types of gardens and to talk with others who have first hand knowledge to share is really unbeatable.
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