If your garden happens to be selected for a community garden show, you’ll want to prepare your garden for showing. People have different approaches to their gardens dependng on whether their gardens are private or designed for public showing. Sally Cunningham writes that her garden is for her own enjoyment, and plants in her garden are organized quite differently than they might otherwise be if her garden were for more public consumption. Sally tells the reader that the National Garden Festival will soon open in Buffalo, and she imagines that the pressure for those who display gardens is great. She tells the reader that when you prepare your garden for showing, even though it might not be at the National Garden Festival, your garden will have certain characteristics, among them,
Formal designs – straight lines and symmetrical patterns in bed design and plant layout. Large sweeps of one species – 25 coreopsis, 40 Russian sage, a front edge of 60 salvias. Blocks of strong flower or foliage colors, to be seen at a distance. Long-lasting or repeating blooms. Ornamental grasses, often used for long-season drama. Low or routine maintenance needs – no plant-by-plant deadheading required.
There are additional characteristics, such as built-in watering systems, carefully edged and mulched gardens and plants that grow in average soil conditions. In a public garden or a show garden, it is important to reduce the amount of work required to maintain the garden. You don’t have much time to do wo with people walking through the garden most of the day, and people don’t come to show gardens to see the gardener working. Sally gives the reader some idea of what preparations are required for your garden showing.
Close planting: The proper and economical way to plant perennials is to observe recommended spacing for each plant’s mature size – basically planning for a full look three years from now. Sometimes gardeners fill in with annuals, or just tolerate a sparse look while a new perennial garden gets going. However, for the immediate impression, many gardeners pack the flowers together, knowing that the time for dividing and thinning will come soon.
Sally offers the reader several other ideas, one of which is hiring a professional landscaper to help. Sounds good to me. I think it’s a good idea for you to hire that landscaper, or at least the neighborhood kid, to help prepare your garden for showing, or just to help prepare your garden period. You can read Sally’s article by clicking here or on the link below. Let us hear from you and like us on Facebook.