Today's photos are from Nancy Stedman in Tarrytown, New York. She says, "Four years ago, my husband and I moved to a small house near the center of the historic village of Tarrytown. We have a small property (about 1/8th of an acre) enclosed in back with a wooden fence. We cleared out privet, grass-like growths (in other words, mown weeds), yews, and a huge half-dead Norway maple. My garden guru, Robert Welsch of Westover Landscape Design, created the bones of the down-sloping backyard by adding a serpentine gravel path, several serviceberries, and the star of the garden--an archway formed by two redbuds at the entrance to the back. My goal with the plantings was to create a naturalistic environment that would attract bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. That worked best in what I call the "prairie garden"--a small area that mainly features prairie and meadow plants.
     These are photos largely from the "prairie" area of my garden. I was very inspired by the book "Dream Plants for the Natural Garden" by Hank Gerritsen and Piet Oudolf. I spent an almost embarrassing amount of time last summer standing in this area watching various creatures fly by me. The photo of my elevated terrace shows the prairie area in back, dominated at that moment by tall 'Autumn Minaret' daylilies. The 'Black Beauty' lilies are in a bed across from the prairie section but stole the show when they were in bloom." I am yet again amazed at how much you guys can accomplish in a garden in so little time. Four years? Wonderful, Nancy.

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