Today's photos are from Denise Dyko. She says, "This garden is located in the midHudson Valley of New York.  It is less than ¼ of an acre in Zone 5a (new zone map), although I do have zone 6b microclimates.  When I bought the house, the garden was lawn with seven mature trees and five huge yews and I wasn’t a gardener.  More than 35 years later, there is no lawn (although grass appears from nowhere to grow between stepping stones) and there are more than 350 species and cultivars of plants (not counting annuals or bulbs).  The 350+ species include more than 150 perennial species, almost 100 shrub species, and 20 tree species (and then there are conifers and bamboos and broad-leaf evergreens and vines...).  I design the plantings, my husband and I do the unskilled labor (including digging the hole for the pond), and the same professional (Matthew Rollins) has worked with me for 30+ years to do the major hardscaping.  Although there was one “before” when I bought the house, there have been many “afters”; these pictures represent some of them.  I’ve dated them to give some sense of time; the same garden furniture shows up in different spots and in different colors over the years.
   I don’t expect everyone to like my garden.  Chris, a young man in the neighborhood, has started to help with some of the heavy day-to-day work of gardening.  His father commented, “I don’t know why you put in all those plants.  Now you’ve got no yard.”  I think I’d like to put that quote on a plaque at the entrance to the garden." Amazing, Denise! Thanks so much for sharing your garden with us!

**I'm in the process of going thorough a TON of your emails--so sorry to everyone who thinks I've totally forgotten them... Plenty of amazing gardens from you guys coming right up! --MG

**Oh, P.S.! Did you know that we've posted photos from 31 of the 50 United States (not to mention across Canada and beyond??) Keep sending in your photos! Bonus points if you're from AK, AL, AR, AZ, HI, IN, KS, KY, MS, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, SD, VT, WI, WV, or WY......  ;-D  

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