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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A June Visit to Sandra and Jerry Booren's Garden

"We have lived at this home since 1993 and have been developing the garden about that long."

How I wish I could display empty beautiful pots like this.  Somehow, mine always end up with plants stuffed into them. 

This gorgeous variegated Polygonatum is gorgeous and has me wanting to replace my solid green ones with this.

"Over time we have removed and limbed up trees around the house to gain light and to make room for smaller trees and shrubs."


"The property is about 1 acre but only about a third has been developed to a garden, the remainder is heavily wooded and very steep."

"As a long time Anglophile I have tried to work in some of the design elements of an English Garden such as crisp hedges, colorful borders, and paved walkways.   Balancing this is our commitment to having the garden be a home for the wildlife that lives in the forest around it."

Sir Weeds A Lot, I believe. 

I love the backdrop of towering evergreens but my friends who garden near them say that the litter is a bit of a pain.


Think of all the cool climbing plants you could grow up those amazing trunks.

Here's part of the undeveloped steep part of the property.  There was a trail and some pots of sun-loving veggies back here.


Back in the garden proper.


Sandra took a rock mosaic class and created this cool stepping stone. 

Then she created this!














The deck is a recent addition and has become a favorite place to spend summer evenings.

Thank you Sandra and Jerry for opening your beautiful garden for us to enjoy! 

17 comments:

  1. What an awesome garden! My favorite was the guy (flower pot) with the sedum for hair. He looks like me in the early morning before I get my coffee.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Jeannie @ GetMeToTheCountry.Blogspot.com

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  2. Any idea of the name of the Solomon's Seal? I have gotten rid of my green one but that is a beauty, as you say. As is the scene with the green and white Hosta and the red pot. What a lovely garden and her stonework is terrific. She leaned a lot between the stepping stone and the other work.

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    1. I think it might be Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum 'Variegatum.'

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    2. I agree with Alison but have also recently seen a few at local nurseries with wider white stripes labeled only "Polygonatum hybrid."

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  3. Very nice. I love how they used pots and other decorative objects. The garden looks so lush and green.

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  4. I would love to join them on that deck... this is an inviting and whimsical garden. That "guy pot-head" is a riot, and I love the mosaic a lot too. I'm still waiting for my Black Mondo Grass to spread so I can display a beautiful pot on it.

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  5. What a lovely garden. They have some great pieces of garden art, but I like that mosaic path the best. I've decided I need a Lutyens bench for my garden.

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    1. A Lutyens bench would look awesome in your garden! I love them and wish I had space for one.

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  6. Another fantastic garden! Loved the wooden gate and the mosaic work.

    Happy August and thanks again for sharing these great garden and nurseries in your area ~ FlowerLady

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  7. What a wonderful garden! I need a visit from Sir Weeds-a-Lot - I wonder if they allow him to free-lance? (Pun intended.) I love the stone mosaics and that arbor dripping with rose blooms.

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  8. Lovely garden, Peter. I liked Sandra's rock mosaic, very talented things. If I had 1 acre property I wound not know what to do with it, such large garden. It's not surprisingly they developed a small part of the woods.

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  9. A beautiful garden. With the backdrop of those tall trees and all the personal touches, just wonderful.

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  10. What an interesting garden! Can imagine it was a challenge at the beginning. And it still seems to be a lot of work. I like the tall trees.
    Sometimes I wish I would have a bigger garden. My garden is without house about 700 squaremeters. There is always work except of the winter.

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  11. So mere mortals can learn the stone mosaic arts? Tempting...

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  12. So unique, with interesting garden art - I love the stone mosaics!

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  13. Love the towering trees.The variegated Polygonatum is lovely indeed. I tried planting some but it is really struggling.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your thoughts.