Every summer the Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society has tours of members' gardens, usually three or four in an evening. They are always worth the time because these are created and cared for by gardeners just like the rest of us: amateurs rather than professionals. The size, location, and focus of the gardens vary widely so you never know what you'll see or what ideas you'll come away with. Here are a few of the things that caught my attention on last's week's tours.
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We don't have a lot of different seating areas in our garden so I took note of all the options some of the gardens offered. This bench with its peeling paint was one of my favorites as it didn't call too much attention to its presence.
Two small water features that each made a big impact in their gardens.
This gardener put the main seating area right out in the garden instead of next to the house. She said her focus was on layout and you could really see it with something like this (seen from both directions below).
At this garden we were all offered chocolate chip cookies as we arrived!
This blue ball caught my eye but what held my attention was realizing how similar true Geranium leaves are to those of Pachysandra. Both are ground covers but Geraniums offer scent and prettier flowers, at least to my eye.
Don't forget this week's WHPS event: Tours of three garden on Madison's west side and in Fitchburg tomorrow (Wed. 6/29) from 4 p.m. until dusk.