The coming of spring has me looking at garden tour inspirations from the past. I love this shady Japanese scene in a garden in 2014.
This water bowl in another garden shows that even a small garden with less piping and infrastructure can have this Japanese feature with it shade loving ferns and other plants. I have always felt the serenity of green Japanese gardens which are designed for looking at, and quiet meditation.
A garden tour in 2016 took me to Minneapolis where I saw this dry stream. I keep trying to figure out how I can use this idea to provide more drainage in my very wet garden.
I can tell you I have many photos of water in gardens. This was one of my favorites in Minneapolis. I don’t think I will get anything like this in my garden.
As much as I love the serenity of Japanese garden elements, I also love big lush plantings of flowers.
A garden tour can give inspiration for public spaces. This stairway is just a small part of a steep incline leading from a parking lot down to a busy road. A wasteland was turned into a beautiful public park. We need more green public spaces for our souls, and for the benefit of the environment.
I have gotten lots of inspiration from Greenfield Garden Club tours. This garden tour gave me one of my favorite gardens. It is a lot similar to mine, but it has curving paths that don’t let you see what comes next.
And yet, this fully planted garden has a little gazebo for visiting.
And a pergola for shady picnics. As I design and plant my garden, this is a garden I look to for inspiration.