Gardening 365 – Day 73

Ruh -oh, gotta play a game of catch up here. I got behind. So don’t pay no never mind to the fact I have actually back-dated a couple of posts to get back in line w/the 3-6-5 program. I have been gardening/thinking of gardening/reading of gardening/writing about gardens/hanging out in gardens or greenhouses. Yes I have. Somedays, its almost too too.

Today I spent I don’t know how many hours getting the words right (about 85 per) for the garden descriptions for the 23rd Annual Garden Tour. Its not until June 13th, $15 Rain or Shine, funds raised go to the Idaho Botanical Garden, be there or be square. Seems like such a small job. But the less space I have to work with the tighter the description has to be. With just a few words, I try to convey the magic each garden has to offer the visitor. Seven in all. Here’s a little taste of what’s coming:

1. The Primaveras consider themselves practical, organic gardeners who make the most of hard work, recycling and imagination. Cut sandstone from the historic Eastman building, boat parts, factory gears, patio pavers and 80% of the plant material – are all “re-purposed.” Amazingly, the garden has survived twenty years of St. Bernard traffic and showcases maturing deciduous and evergreen specimen trees, huge hydrangeas, beloved daphnes, and a gorgeous hand built pond.

2. Gabrielle Krake proclaims her garden a “bohemian paradise.” She is known for tucking bunches of brilliant red beets and other veggies into the perennial borders. Bountiful borders include Herbert and Ivanhoe blueberries amid found art and tuteurs. The five year old plants are pretty AND producing berries all summer plus enough to freeze for winter eating. This boho garden appears wild and random, but is in fact, meticulously charted and tracked on an Excel spreadsheet.

Does it make you want to see them? Oh, good.