I got a comment from a reader on garden walks in general. Before I got into the next posts on many of them, I had to noodle this question to find out the reason behind it. I was not sure how or where to respond, so I did not reply to all the comments on the post.
I show a lot of garden walks on this blog and have quite a few absolutely gorgeous ones coming up. I decided rather than address the comment in a post on a particular garden walk garden, I would do it on my own garden, which has been on garden walks previously. Plus, I have been showing its weekly change through the seasons. I don’t have time for maintenance, so please disregard any mess you might see, like my compost containers. Click any gallery to be taken to the slide show of the pictured images. Some are worth seeing bigger.
So what was the comment?
The commenter would be more interested in an “alternative garden walk with a greater emphasis on gardens that are not very high-end.” This got me thinking, what does this mean? High end?
Well my city garden might be considered high-end because if I had to pay the paving, walls, plants, concrete drive and installation costs, it would have been over $50,000 dollars to do what I have in this garden. Because of my job, if I pay at all, it is a small percentage of its value. If you want to see how the garden was designed, search back to posts I did when I began this blog. It shows the design process.
Then I thought maybe they meant native gardens. But I have designed native gardens on large properties, (where they look the best and belong I might add) and the cost of these jobs can easily reach $150,000 depending on the property with retaining ponds, lakes and stocked ponds. One property had a 1/2 mile long paved driveway, lined with 3 foot high hand-laid natural stone walls. A huge pond dug out on one side and wildflower fields (acres big) on the other side. It was well over the price listed above and was very high-end.
The problem with most small gardens using native plants is they have a tendency to look weedy. Weedy looks messy and messy looks cheap. Often the soil conditions are wrong and native plants flop or easily get toppled by wind giving a very disheveled appearance. They don’t have the supporting grasses to keep them erect or the massing of each plant group to keep them looking natural.
I have no clue what an alternative garden walk would be and have been involved in the organization of quite a few. I can show some very modestly done, minimal gardens but honestly, who would want to see them?
To show my garden, I had over fifty images of just the back garden and it still does not show all I have blooming at this time. Two posts are needed in order to show the front. Maybe that is what was meant, if it has too much to see. Most of the garden walk gardens I show, have too much to see, but trust me YOU ARE GOING TO WANT TO SEE THEM!
I will continue my garden late next week. First I have to take you on a “high-end” garden walk. It’s a beauty.
Tomorrow, I am on an excursion to a daylily hybridizer to help make selections for our garden club perennial sale in 2015. I show this garden each year too. Take a look where I and three other of our garden club members will be…