Here is an example of something I wish I saw more often in my gardening travels--places to sit in the front yard! Lauren McVey Rush, another gardener I visited when in Chicago a couple of weeks ago, created this inviting seating area, not in her back yard, but in the front, where it greets her visitors with a relaxing place to put down their baggage and sit for a while. It's a cool, shady spot, and the surrounding garden gives her front yard more depth and purpose than the average lawn and foundation planting.


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