Monday, July 18, 2011

Ideas Galore From the Van Wert Master Gardeners' Garden Walk

As I said earlier, I love garden walks for the inspiration they provide. Each garden is as unique as their gardener and I never fail to find design ideas courtesy of others. Since I was helping Mom host her gardens the day of the Van Wert Master Gardeners' Garden Walk on Saturday, I got to go on the preview tour of the gardens the night before.

There were 11 gardens on the tour, and I didn't make it to all of them, but here are some highlights of the ones I did see:

  • Steve and Tomi Jaycox
We were greeted by street art in front of the Jaycox home. Fun!

No definitive ID on this Rudbeckia, but I believe it might be 'Cherry Brandy'.

Boo was unfazed by all the strange people milling about his garden.

Don't you love the painted Allium seed heads?

  • Steve & Diana Pollock

I love the simplicity of the black-eyed Susans against the white picket fence.

The originality and creativity of this outside room was a big hit.

I saw chickens on the back side of the pond and just had to go see them.
The Pollocks have a couple of fainting goats, too!

  • Mauvette & Ralph Collins
The giant variegated Ficus tree against the wall was the healthiest I've ever
seen. They take it in during the winter each year.

Mauvette has quite a variety of Clematis and all of them were blooming

On and around the deck, it was like we were in the middle of a Proven Winners
advertisement. I wonder if Mauvette is their secret container designer??

More Clematis and the lilies were just beginning to bloom.

  • Jay & Tonia Gamble
Jay has a drip system to keep his porch baskets watered and fertilized.

The Gambles use the square foot gardening method for their vegetables and
have an irrigation system to supply water and fertilizer needs to the beds.

Another garden cat!. This stray beauty doesn't yet have a name, but I told
Tonia she has obviously adopted them, so they'd better name her. A trip to
 the vet is probably in order as well, unless they want more just like her!

  • Sue & Robert Young

Sue enjoys creating miniature gardens and there were many to see in her
back yard.

This fairy garden, in a wheelbarrow, is Sue's favorite.

Sue also had a beautiful square foot garden at the back of their property.

Just look at these beautiful veggies!

  • Aaron Baker, caretaker of the gardens of Dr. and Mrs. John Perchalski

I've been by this house countless times (it's on the way to my mom and dad's), and never had any idea that such beautiful gardens lay hidden behind it.

I'll do a separate post on my mom and dad's gardens next.


Cindy Garber Iverson said...

Thank you for posting these fantastic photos! I got some much-needed inspiration for a few things I want to do. I even pinned the photos to my Pinterest board so I can remember them... that's how much they inspired me, Kylee! :-)

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Sue said...

I just love garden walks-such great ideas. There sure are some incredibly talented gardeners out there!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What inspiration indeed. I love those minature gardens. The square foot veggie gardens are great too. It would be wonderful to be able to go out and pick your own veggies. That last garden is great.

Commonweeder said...

I also have been on a couple of local garden tours recently and they remind me that there is always something to learn!

Rebecca said...

I really enjoyed seeing what YOUR camera "saw", Kylee! Did you hear that I won the door prize??? I was shocked!

I'll be eager to see your photos of your parent's place...

Shady Gardener said...

What a fun tour - and what diversity!! THAT makes such a tour successful, too. :-)

F Cameron said...

Very inspiring! You are right about the PW container garden ad for that deck! WOW!

Tennessee Fainting Goats are so cute. There are some near me at Fearrington.

Thanks for taking us on a tour.

PS -- I do hope your chicken friends are ok. I've been worrying about them since I read you FB post.

Garden Farm Blog said...

The speckled chickens are just gorgeous - do you have a varietal name for them? There are so many good photos there, hard to know where to start, but thanks for sharing!

Kylee Baumle said...

Hi Cindy! Wow, I'm so glad I was able to help with inspiration via photos! :-)

Sue ~ Millions! And sometimes they're right in your backyard and you don't even know it.

Lisa ~ This was an exceptional tour. I agree - love the square foot gardens!

Pat ~ And that's what we love about gardening, isn't it? ;-)

Rebecca ~ NO! I didn't know that! Congratulations! I'm so glad you made the trip over. It was fun meeting you!

Shady Gardener ~ You are so right. I love how everyone has different interests and different ways of expressing that.

Freda ~ I've always wanted a pygmy goat, but I don't think I'll push it. LOL. They require more care than the chickens and I feel lucky that I've got those! They seem to be doing okay for now. We have a fan in the coop and I've been misting them occasionally during the day as well as changing their water often. Thanks so much for your concern!

Garden Farm Blog ~ No, I don't know what they are. I wish I'd asked though!

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