Some of my Garden Charmers friends and I recently compared notes about our most memorable garden visits. All seasoned gardeners know the best place to turn for garden inspiration is to beautiful gardens. We live in different parts of the country, in different growing zones, and each of us has our own unique growing conditions. But what we have in common is the appreciation of the artistry involved in creating a magical planted space. Come see our favorites. Maybe they will inspire you in your garden as well!
Barb of Our Fairfield Home & Garden has a favorite garden, the unusual and romantic Chanticleer Pleasure Garden. This former estate in a residential area of Wayne, Pennsylvania, features seven distinct gardens, each designed, planted and kept up by an individual horticulturist/gardener. Because of this diversity, visiting Chanticleer provides the impression of being larger than its thirty-five acres.
Stephanie of Garden Therapy is enamored of The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington State. Imagine the sight of fields full of spring-blooming bulbs. Row upon row of these bright blooms create a living quilt of color on the farmland.
Carol of The Gardening Cook lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and takes inspiration from The J C Raulston Arboretum there. Exploring the beautifully planted grounds gives Carol great ideas to try in her own garden. Then again, some displays, such as this dragon are just to be admired!
Shelley of Sow and Dipity found out what’s trending in the garden industry by attending The Chicagoland Garden Tour. Four impressive retail nurseries and garden accessories stores, topped off by a visit to The Chicago Botanic Garden, will serve as inspiration at the garden center she manages!
Amy Of A Healthy Life For Me took a very special tour of a three-acre, themed garden owned and cared for by Beth Karp. Although this is a private garden, Beth shares her creativity with avid gardeners and is part of the Garden Conservancy program. You can take the tour too by watching the wonderful video Amy made of her trip.
Carol of The Gardening Cook loves The Stott Garden in Goshen, Indiana. This huge private garden gives public tours and is lovingly maintained by an eighty-three-year-old mother and her daughter, Janie Newton Teel.
Judy of Magic Touch and Her Gardens loves Longwood Gardens for inspiration. Begun as a private garden by Pierre S. duPont in 1870, then transitioned into a public garden, it has become a world renowned garden destination. Judy took some great pictures to give you the feel of Longwood in the early fall, but there is so much more to see in all the seasons!
Jacki, of Drought Smart Plants, nominated the Un H2O Garden located in Kelowna, British Columbia. Opened in 2011, this garden’s purpose is “to show people the variety of garden styles that can be achieved using xeriscape methods, including a Mediterranean garden, ornamental grass garden, native garden and butterfly garden.” Created by The Okanagon Xeriscape Association largely from donations (Jacki donated some of her wonderful plants!), this public garden shows plants thriving in a harsh environment.
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