When I am reading about gardens in books or magazines, I am always frustrated if there is no drawing of the overall garden plan. Since I began blogging in 2008, I've intended to add such a plan to my blog. After seven years, I've finally managed to do just that. In the early days I wrote at length about designing the garden (My Garden Odyssey posts from 2008/09) and about naming various areas of the garden.
Early on, my husband and I discovered that we could actually lose sight of each other when we were both working in the garden. A half acre is not huge, but with the house in the center of the garden and lots of trees, shrubs and hidden corners, we often wandered around calling the other person's name because we could not see them. So we started referring to areas of the garden by name: the Dry Stream, the Compost Corner and so on. That way, we could indicate where we'd be working when we went out into the garden.
If you look at the map, you will see a couple of dozen named areas. I usually refer to the specific area by name when I am writing about it so you can search old posts for photos and more information. The map also makes it clear that we laid out the paths first and they created the spaces that became gardens.
South is at the top of the map. The garden is about 100 feet (30.48 meters) wide by 200 feet (60.96 meters) deep. Double click on the map to enlarge it.