My gardens are my favorite place at home. Whether it is a small spot in a corner, suitable for just one plant, or a larger bed of perennials, shrubs, and trees, I enjoy them all the same.
My fondest childhood memories are of hours spent in the garden with my Grandmother, tending to the many beautiful specimens she cultivated with care. There were so many! Even when I was a young child, she encouraged me to learn the scientific names of the plants.
No matter if it was cutting flowers and branches to bring inside or pulling weeds, it was all part of a bigger, beautiful process. It was creating an amazing outdoor picture. She was an artist in all media, from gardening to watercolor to sculpture. I do not feel I inherited much of her traditional artistic talent, but I did inherit and learn her love of outdoor painting the garden!
I enjoy sitting on my patio, looking at my garden, and imagining all the beautiful varieties I could plant to create a perfect “picture” there. To me, dreaming, planning, and buying plants is as much fun as enjoying the finished project. I like to savor the process and if it starts to feel complete, I can make a new area and start over!
I let my yard be my painting, and my plants, pots, and pathways be my palette! My garden is my creative outlet. –Kelly, Dayton, OR