I was looking through my photo archives today and found these images from a garden tour I attended several years ago. I get to see a lot of fabulous gardens but there’s some that just stick with me, providing inspiration for years to come. This was definitely one of them.
It’s on these visits that I take many of the photos that end up in the idea galleries (you can see them here). Dig in if you’re looking for ideas to use in your garden.
On this day, we visited a bunch of gardens in a small town, and then continued on a wild goose chase with a very-hard-to-understand hand-drawn map (that was way out of scale and had incorrect road names), to finally arrive at this beauty.
There is something totally wonderful about driving through miles and miles of farmland, and endless rows of corn, fields, and patches of forest, to come upon these spectacular gardens in the middle of nowhere.
Who are these gardeners who create these works of art that so few will ever see?
I guess it’s just like any artists who toil away in their private studios, producing paintings, pottery, quilts, or poems. Showing the work may happen later, but it’s often not the motivation or the purpose. It’s just the process and being a part of it that matters.
I remember these hollyhocks (below) because they were simply mesmerizing. There were masses of them along the back fence: an endless self-seeded bouquet of pinks and whites.
That same day we also saw this planter that you may recognize, as I’ve shared it before. That combination of vibrant purples and lime-green potato vine with the rustic wooden wheelbarrow is perfection.
It takes courage and a lot of hard work to share one’s garden for a tour. I wonder how many of the gardener’s know their generosity is appreciated for years to come?