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Small-Space Gardens 2017

Beautiful gardens don’t require a big yard or massive property. Even balconies, patios, decks, and rooftops can house stunning plants and gardens. This issue focuses on pockets of space and inspiring examples of what gardeners can accomplish there. Filled with easy projects, plant recommendations, hardscape solutions, and more, the issue will help any gardener create a beautiful garden no matter where they live.

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United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Meredith Corporation
Periodicidad:
Back issue only
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1 min.
editor’s note

“Here’s our celebration of country gardens from coast to coast...” —James A. Baggett, Editor What makes a garden a country garden? Over the years I’ve posed that question to all sorts of green-hearted folks, and I’ve received all sorts of interesting responses. I think Thomas Rainer, landscape architect and author of Planting in a Post- Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes, recently stated it best. “To me,” he says, “it’s about how your garden engages with the larger landscape around it, understanding those seasons and cycles and working with them. Being a country gardener also means a pragmatic, no-nonsense approach to gardening. So even a city gardener can be a country gardener.” Renowned garden designer and Country Gardens® contributing editor Lauren Springer Ogden agrees about the generous canvas country landscapes afford.…

5 min.
history in bloom

Time can seem suspended in a garden. That’s especially true at Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The past comes to life here, where original 18th- and 19th-century Moravian architecture welcomes visitors today. Tucked behind and between the eye-catching structures, a pre-1850 landscape thrives, complete with fruitladen orchards, tidy vegetable plots, and beds of heirloom flowers. When Moravian settlers developed this community, each household sat at the edge of a long, narrow lot measuring 66×200 feet. Within these confined spaces, intensive gardening practices ruled, with a functional blend of vegetables, herbs, and flowers sprouting in a traditional European design of individual garden beds separated by paths. The Moravians’ German heritage further refined this design by creating neat and tidy plots, where orderliness enhanced the beauty. “Like every plant in…

5 min.
growing legacy

No one noticed the exact moment when Hollister House Garden morphed from “in progress” to incomparable. But one day George Schoellkopf woke up to realize his garden, named after the house around which it was built, had grown into a legend. George didn’t set out to create a keeper. Initially, he just wanted to fit the 18th-century saltbox he’d purchased in 1978 in Washington, Connecticut, with something apropos. At the onset, he was merely trying to hold together his muddy New England slope. But he threw himself totally into the project with his typical fusion of acumen, determination, and flare, and the seductive labyrinth of garden rooms spilling down the hill ensued. The design was savvy, but it was George’s dedication that pushed the garden from subdued to explosive. With…

7 min.
treasure chest

Plant collectors Linda and Bill Pinkham spent their careers with plants as owners of a garden shop and landscape design company, and since their retirement, the pace and intensity of their gardening life has only picked up. Their 6-acre property in Carrollton, Virginia, not far from Norfolk, is an eye-popping landscape, an exuberant plant paradise packed with more trees, shrubs, flowers, and vines than a garden encyclopedia. Linda is a daylily collector and hybridizer. She loves hydrangeas, and she also collects reblooming irises, hostas, hellebores, and perennials of all kinds. Bill is a tree and shrub specialist, a collector of conifers of nearly every description. He takes an interest in just about any plant that is hard to find or challenging to grow. “When we designed the garden, we knew…

7 min.
hail to the chiefs

It started with a simple idea about presidents and pots, back in the 1980s. Guy Wolff, a New England potter whose beautiful, hand-thrown flowerpots are modern classics, muchtreasured by gardeners, figured the White House might have an intriguing collection of historic flowerpots, and, if so, he wanted to know more about them. So he simply picked up the phone and called. An operator answered, and Wolff said, “Hi, ma’am. I’m calling from Connecticut,” and stated his business. The operator put him through to Irv Williams, the White House grounds keeper at the time. After a short conversation, Williams told Wolff (who had not yet identified himself by name), “If you’re interested in flowerpots, you should call this guy in Connecticut named Guy Wolff .” Many things have come full circle in Wolff’s…

6 min.
pitcher perfect

What began as a thirst for antique cider pitchers has resulted in a veritable deluge. Conni Cross first encountered these stout vintage pitchers 40-some years ago when she began to decorate her first house, in her first move outside New York City. She was at a yard sale when she became smitten with a handpainted Limoges cider pitcher that was out of her price range. But the money-strapped new homeowner had a solution: She called her sister-in-law and talked her into purchasing the cider pitcher. That way, Conni could enjoy it vicariously. When Conni was in a position to purchase a cider pitcher of her own, they were elusive. The year was 1970 or so—long before eBay—and cider pitchers were (and continue to be) found in antiques stores only rarely. She…