Garden Inspiration

Garden Inspiration

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Underwater gardening may be the perfect solution for gardeners who don’t have the ideal space or the perfect weather for traditional gardening. Now through April 12, 2015, the new exhibit, Aquascapes: The Art of Underwater Gardening, can be viewed at Golden Gate Park's Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco.
In the face of droughts, flooding, poor soils and harsh winters, this verdant garden in central Poland still thrives thanks to a determined gardener named Joanna. Boasting hundreds of varieties of plants, this small but hearty garden shows even when the odds aren’t particularly in your favor, a little experimenting and resilience goes a long way.
A barren backyard is transformed into an ornamental pond and garden boasting with koi and other aquatic wildlife. Surrounding the pond is an assortment of fruit trees that are quenched with nutrient-rich water from the pond itself.
The third section of the High Line in New York offers gardeners an experience to learn from and appreciate. From wild and cultivated plantings to the use of narrow space, the section is sure to inspire one to look at a design problem from all sides and then create either a distinction or celebration in the space available, as the High Line shows.
Autumn is here and, in certain parts of the U.S., the nights become cool; and the sun, being lower in the sky, throws a vivid spotlight on trees and shrubs as they change into their cloaks of color. To celebrate this time of year, Jan Johnsen provides ideas for creating alluring autumn gardens.
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With an eclectic mix of banana plants, flowering kale and cabbage, elephant ears, dusty millers, and hostas, author Roger De Muth’s New York garden was once a hobby, but has blossomed into a beautiful obsession. His book, A Hobby Gone Berserk, not only showcases his photography, illustrations, and design, but also shows that gardening rules are made to be broken.
Providing interest and life to an otherwise dull visual space, espaliers can work in almost any garden type: big and small, formal and informal, grand and modest. In this article, Nick McCullough presents a list of recommended fruit-bearing and ornamental trees that work great as espaliers, tips and tricks for training them, and photographs that display their versatility.
Growing your own vegetables in your garden doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice design. Author Niki Jabbour explores how to grow an edible garden without sacrificing garden aesthetics in her new book Groundbreaking Food Gardens.
Beyond the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, few think of Washington, DC, as a place to visit gardens and other outdoor spaces, but in fact, it has those in abundance. DC has a wealth of “secret” public garden spaces, some of which are adjacent to museums and monuments. It also boasts several very fine estate gardens, garden shops, and a very active farm to table restaurant scene. Read about how in a long weekend, with careful planning, DC can be a fantastic destination for anyone interested in garden-related travel.
A garden gate is a portal that signifies a transition into a new space and experience. Like Alice looking down the rabbit hole, a gate leads us from the known to the unknown. And, like that rabbit hole, if you elongate or accentuate the portal, it makes the transition even more tantalizing. Here is a variety of garden gate styles that illustrate the “power of the portal.”
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