Garden walks are awesome! We learn so much from observing how other gardeners garden. We discover new plants we just have to grow in our own gardens, original ways to combine flowers and foliage, innovative methods of growing, and fresh ideas on displaying garden décor. We may even find a solution to one of our own landscaping problems like handling rainwater run-off or hiding ugly views.
One of the best things about garden walks is no two gardens are alike. They may be on sloped properties or they may be flat. Their plants might bask in sunlight or their plants might chill out in shade. Garden designs may energize or garden designs may soothe. There are as many types of gardens as there are gardeners.
Sharing garden walks with another gardener makes the experience even better. For many years, my mom and I used to go on a couple of garden walks each summer. It was before cars spoke to their drivers, guiding them to their destinations, and both of us lacked map-reading skills. We would inevitably end up turned around, debating who got us lost and laughing at ourselves until we cried. Despite our directional deficiencies, we spent many glorious afternoons admiring the creativity and artistry of other gardeners.
I just got home last evening from the Garden Bloggers Fling – a garden walk on steroids! We toured ten private gardens, a farm in the middle of a subdivision, a winery, an amazing upscale garden center, and six public gardens, all in three and a half days.
I can’t wait to share the many fascinating stories and beautiful gardens, but it will take some time to go through the thousands of photos and pages of notes. To grow your anticipation, here’s a photo or two from each garden and a hint of what’s the come.
I promise to get through my photos as soon as possible to share more of these spectacular gardens with you. In the meantime, go on a garden walk in your area and then garden with me!