As luck would have it, I've still got a few garden tours to share from the Denver Fling, last June! This year's Fling, in Madison, Wisconsin, has been postponed until summer 2021, so there will be no 2020 Fling. It's sad news, especially for the planners that have put so much work into the event, but that's how it goes in this strange era we're living though.
Today's tour is of the Proctor Garden, we entered the garden by walking through the house. I wanted to stop and take a million photos, but it just didn't seem like the proper thing to do. Plus we were a large group, every second I stood still meant someone behind me was itching to get out into the garden.
From our Fling materials..."Our garden sits on about a third of an acre that previously had all been lawn. We removed eight Siberian elm trash trees and most of the lawn to get started. The front garden is a fairly low-maintenance xeriscape, while the back garden is a series of perennial borders. From the back patio a "folly" structure serves as a focal point. The main patio and other seating areas display over 600 containers, filled with plants ranging from from cacti and succulents to towering tropicals. A long gravel driveway is not longer used for cars but now a sunny border comprised entirely of potted plants." Wow...
There were several different seating areas throughout the garden, they must have great parties.
And containers! Oh so many containers, easily over the 600 they claim.
Under the folly.
I saw a couple other Flingers go up those "folly" stairs and enjoy the view from above. I was heading up, but was stopped cold by one of the owners. Evidently the pots were placed to say "stay out"...maybe centering them on the steps would have conveyed that message better?
More info from our Fling hand-out: "the herb parterre combines old world sensibilities with ancient technology by the Naive Peoples. The "waffle" beds are sunk below grade to collect water the way the indentations in waffles collect syrup. This technique is also used in the vegetable garden in the alley."
Pretty cool, I thought.
Looking back towards the house, visible over the fence.
Love this contraption.
Okay, wandering back up to the entry now. It turns out there is a side yard, but the gracious hosts let us enter through their house anyway.
Time to get back on the bus!
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