Last week I visited a lovely garden with the most gracious of gardener hosts. This property had so much to offer in the way of beautiful gardens, wildlife visits, and areas to sit, relax to take it all in. But one of the most interesting aspects of all was the homeowners hand crafted, built or grown from mere saplings all of the creations. This is one talented family of gardeners, painters, crafters, floral designers, and woodworkers, and I am betting I left out a few talents.
These owners lovingly tend their gardens with the greatest care and attention to detail that you would only expect at a fine arboretum. I have a weeks worth of images to show and will start with the most unique component. Follow me down the path to the Train Garden and the town of Jerryville.
Our mayor and his tireless helpers created Jerryville in July, 2004. Mrs. Mayor, I think, was the one that told the construction crew to leave the lilac where it stands. So, Jerryville encircled the shrub as you can see behind Mayor Jerry.
The dirt was brought to Jerryville and moved by a motorized buggy. About 14 loads were used.
The foundation of Jerryville under construction was photographed in 2004. Special thanks go out to Craig, Chris, Bob and Becky for the wonderfully illustrated and worded journal that provide some of the information and photos for this post. The book was lovingly crafted by them and journalized all the memories of this project.
The railroad ties are reinforced with rebar drilled through them to stabilize the structure. The interior is lined to maintain the soil. Well thought out, Jerry.
Little card board mock-up buildings are built to properly scale and position the little structures. These models proved invaluable in the design I am sure.
All the plants are REAL in Jerryville. See how many you can identify.
Mosses are the grass and Alyssum, the Bridal Wreath spiraea shrubs. So many annuals and perennials become representations of other plants in their new form.
The small houses, stores like Sandy’s Candies, church and train station were constructed by the family. See the little people and tiny tombstones?
The Mayor checks on the towns folk above.
Every train route has to go through a tunnel and this one is a cleverly constructed.
But what do you do in winter, you ask? They have that covered of course.
The plows keep the trains ‘a rolling.
I very much appreciated and enjoyed my time in Jerryville. The hosts are wonderful people who opened the garden early one morning for me to visit. Thanks, to the Mayor and his lovely wife, Barbara. Hope you all enjoyed.