To me a garden is a painting and the plants are dollops of paint. When you stand back and look at my garden from a distance I want it to appear as unit, the individual plants blend together in one tapestry of color and texture.
The individual plants are hopefully interesting and look healthy, but itís the way it all fits together that is important to me. This weekend the garden is open as part of a benefit for the Bacon Free Library Sunday afternoon June 8th 2014.
As an added bonus, my friend and artist Karin Stanley has lent me some pieces of her own art work to place in the garden. I have put some of the pieces in area where they play off of the plants themselves. Some of her taller pieces, known as Celtic Stelas really look awesome alongside the more vertical elements in the garden.
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Itís going to be tough to give them back at the end of the weekend. You can read more about Karinís art here.
Having people coming to your garden you donít know can be a bit daunting. The good thing about a garden tour is itís a great motivator to get your garden in tip-top shape.
While your own yard might not be on a tour this summer, why not have a mini-tour or outdoor gathering in your garden? Sitting outside in the garden and enjoying a simple glass of ice tea or having a full meal is a great experience.
This time of year many restaurants feature outdoor seating because eating outside is so special and in this part of the country itís a very short season.
If you are interested in seeing the four gardens as part of the garden tour Sunday you can purchase tickets here. Iíd love to meet you and if you do come to the garden please bring any questions or pictures of your own yard. Iíd love to hear about what you are doing in your yard this summer.
If you can't make it to Natick, check your own local area for other garden tours and gardens which are available to you. Seeing how others grow their plants and how they create a garden can be very inspiring. Inevitably when I see another garden I get an idea for how I can incorporate something I see into my own yard, often with a new twist. Many gardens are very large, but you can always re-size the concept to your own yard.
Enjoy the weekend.