This, The Urban Garden, was my last stop on the Conservancy Open Days tour but the one I feel like posting about next so what the heck. I'm jumping ahead.
I've driven by this garden on occasion but for some reason never stopped to do an "on the sidewalk" post about it. I wonder why? All of this goodness (below) is growing in the parking strip...
Looking through the parking strip to the house.
Oh the color!
The official lowdown on this garden: "The Urban Garden, with its wandering walkways, blends elements of texture and color for every season. Tight, purposeful plantings use the space well, bringing visitors enjoyment and offering a year-round outdoor living area. Despite its small size it is home to a diverse plant collection including conifers, evergreen shrubs and many perennials. The garden maximizes outdoor space with a colorful work shed and awnings and various sitting areas that allow for enjoyment of the different layers and heights of its beds. Bird watchers will love how wildlife observation is incorporated into the garden from different vantage points..."
I see they're growing the plant of summer 2014...
I've never been one to appreciate the bridge over a river of rocks thing, it's kind of "garden art-ish" to me and surely you know by now I am not a big fan of that.
This leaves me with a similar feeling.
I love this, just look at all those plants crammed into a tiny space along the house!
The view from our living room window features one of our neighbors big plastic waste receptacles, it drives me crazy and not in a good way. This is such a nice thing, a cute little corral for the unsightly.
I've got it! It's not so much the container (old wheelbarrow or wagon) but the plant choices that don't appeal to me. Taste is such a subjective thing.
Stock tanks in the driveway! Theirs are for ornamentals though, not edibles. I toy with making the transition but then I taste a sun ripened tomato and there's just no way I want to give that up.
Controlling the jasmine.
A peek into the back garden...
There were several shelters throughout the garden.
This one creates a private spot next to the garage. I didn't get a chance to ask but I suspect this where the owners dog is allowed to dig and "take care of business"...
Covered dining off the back of the house.
Even a little lawn.
This simple design for the side of a raised bed is hugely appealing to me, but I'd use my usual grey bricks...
Although I'm a big fan of using stock tanks as planters I've never gone for the waste can as a planter thing. What do you think of the look?
It's a small, and very full, garden. And believe it or not I didn't notice that flat platform in the middle when I was there in person, thus I didn't get a chance to ask about it's purpose.
This concludes another garden tour. I've got two more to share from the 2014 The Garden Conservancy (which was held the end of June), but those are for another day.
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