In the Garden

”A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in — what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” Victor Hugo

One of the best perks of living in the suburbs is that one can tend and care for a garden. It could be anything really, from small flowering shrubs that add to your home’s curb appeal (and keep the interiors pretty too), to ample vegetable parterres and orchards. I once read that gardening takes a lot of water, especially in the form of perspiration. If that’s the case, the satisfaction that comes from taking care of even the tiniest patch of land is worth the effort!  Plus, studies show that gardening lowers the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure, so let’s get gardening! I’m starting small by flower-sitting a friend’s avocado tree, we’ll see where that goes.

For those of you with a real garden and a willingness to get dirty, I have just the right inspiration. Tucked in my ”garden files” I found a pretty garden tour published in Traditional Home. It is a small cutting garden in Winnetka Illinois, designed by landscape designer Craig Bergmann of Lake-Forest. The owners wanted a ”secret” place in a private area of their property, with lush views year-round so Bergmann designed the perfect mix of annuals and perennials that bloom throughout the warmer months.

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The flower garden is pretty basic in layout. A rectangular shape centered around a handsome shed. Brick pathways connect the different parts of the garden and provide a nice warm contrast. The crisp white shed and lattice fence are the best backdrop for the garden’s symphony of colors – blues, purples, pale-pinks and oranges… One of my favorite things about it, aside from the colorful flowers, is the symmetry and structure.  It sure is something pretty to look at, from all angles!


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