I peruse magazines and books, ask the opinion of my gardening friends, visit garden shows and gardens, and attend Hardy Plant Society lectures looking for inspiration. Photos of this before and after garden from www.bhg.com is a fine example of the possibilities that exist for a landscape. I could be wrong, but I suspect there was an intervention by a garden designer somewhere in the process in order to make such a complete and wonderful transformation. [Editor's note: After writing this blog entry, I learned that the before and after photo is of Portland's Darcy Daniels' home. She is a wonderful landscape designer and is owner of Bloomtown Gardens so I'm not surprised I was impressed with the result!)
|Before Photo: Darcy Daniels, Bloomtown Gardens|
|After Photo: www.bhg.com|
The Yard, Garden & Patio Show, presented by Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers, provides opportunities for inspiration. And you can take it one step further: the Showcase Garden designers and contractors will be on hand to answer questions about the challenges you’re facing in your garden. And there are many other designers with booths on the show floor. There’s bound to be at least a few elements in the Showcase Gardens that re-shape your perspective and encourage you to look at your landscape a little differently. As many gardening friends remind me: a garden is never finished (even when you think it is!).
Here are some of the designs for this year's Showcase Gardens. Check the show website for more information on the gardens. Come to the show and vote for your favorite.
Join us for lots of inspiration on February 28-March 2 for the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show at the Oregon Convention Center.