Out of more than 140 entries, we have selected our winner: Northern Michigan Lavender Garden. Sandy Waldrop and her husband, John, have transformed an open meadow into a stunning space using drought-tolerant plants and a pergola. Sandy’s prize is a 46-in. red cedar bench from CedarStore.com. Congratulations, Sandy.
The pergola is 10 ft. by 10 ft. and is John’s design. He built it from a combination of cedar and treated pine, with the corner posts placed on concrete piers. The decorative trim is stained Barn Red, and the main structure has just been allowed to weather naturally. John also made the bricks for the patio and the stepping stones for the paths from concrete he tinted various colors of rust, brown and gray and then poured into stone or brick forms.
Sandy works fulltime as a co-owner and manager of a mid-sized insurance agency, but like most readers of Fine Gardening, gardening is her hobby and my passion. She says that developing this lavender garden has been the most satisfying and fun project she has ever undertaken, and it continues to evolve every season.
Congrats also to the other entrants, whose creations can be viewed in our Backyard Garden Spaces gallery. You won’t get a prize, but your photos will serve as inspiration to gardeners looking for design inspiration.
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