Garden Photo of the Day

Bridgewater Village Store, 2013

Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

One dreary day last week, Rob decided he needed breakfast on the way to work, so we stopped at the Bridgewater Village Store on our way in. I took the opportunity while he was inside to snap some pics (please forgive the cell phone-quality pics) of this year’s roadside garden!

Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Long-time GPODers might be familiar with this little hell strip. Each year the folks at Maywood Gardens, which owns this little complex, design a new planting for this area, and I look forward to it every year. (refresh your memory HERE, HERE, & HERE) It’s finally coming into its own now for this year. What do you think? I really like the understated but dramatic color scheme, and the heavy reliance on awesome foliage. They continued it into the beds in front of the building, and designed some super nice containers, too. Enjoy!

Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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  1. user-1020932 08/13/2013

    i wish more businesses took this idea to heart and did something. it does so much and everyone enjoys it even if they take it for granted. we have ONE business here in town that plants extensively and changes out with the seasons and even have a "cotton field" in one area. most of the time, however, the businesses plant 2 pots by the entry door the first of May and by mid May or Memorial day it's nothing but skeleton plants. thanks Maywood Gardens even if i'm far south of you.

  2. bee1nine 08/13/2013

    Have got to truly praise the gardeners from Maywood Gardens
    for their splendid work, to beautify with creative plant
    varieties and design, to welcome the patrons here.
    I agree, what fun it must be, to see new planting inventions
    each year!
    As for businesses in my area, seems more and more of them ARE
    catching on!!

  3. wGardens 08/13/2013

    I think it is fabulous! Beautiful combinations.... what a wonderful treat for customers and passers-bys alike. Really shows a sense of pride for their community and business.

  4. user-1020932 08/13/2013

    they aren't catching on here so i might just have to send this link to every downtown business that i can. it's my missionary work

  5. Deanneart 08/13/2013


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    meander_michaele 08/13/2013

    This summer's plants combinations give off that perfect seemingly simple but sophisticated vibe. The purple fountain grass and sweet potato vine give the pop while the gray toned selections compliment the color scheme of the buildings. I wonder if your local chamber of commerce or garden club give out an award for commercial beautification? If so, I guess Maywood Gardens would be a numerous times winner!

  7. hortiphila 08/13/2013

    Isn't it amazing how a little landscaping goes a long way and the fact that most people are unaware of the impact ornamental plants have on the quality of life, (that doesn't include all of us who participate here). A well designed and maintained bed or planter are a delight causing everyone who sees it to smile.
    Simplicity is one of the elements of design, done so tastefully here. Beautifully simple, simply beautiful!

  8. tractor1 08/13/2013

    I like seeing small town beautification programs in effect, there should be a lot more. The local gardening club in the tiny village where I live has tried mightily to encourage the small business section to at least minimally landscape the small plots in front of the shops but to no avail... most of the buildings are in dire need of a coat of paint... the small mom n' pop pharmacy has a dreary looking planter by their front door, you guessed it, plastic flowers. Yet in the center of the village there's a lovely park with a gazebo and a duck pond... the local gardening club tends to it.

  9. kgamel 08/13/2013

    What is the silver foliage -- artemisia? And is it an annual or perennial? Thanks!

  10. pattyspencer 08/13/2013

    Would love to have that red grassy thingy be an periannual here in my zone 5/6 but it's only sold as an annual here

  11. wittyone 08/13/2013

    This is beautiful (every time). Whoever designs it does a wonderful job.

    Concerning community beautification efforts the small town in Arkansas where my sister lives started one several years ago. I don't know whether it has been continued but it seems such a good idea. It's called Adopt A Spot. They went around and selected a number of eyesores that could be upgraded with some landscaping, took pictures, and posted them in various places around town. They invited civic groups or individuals to adopt one of the spots, plant it out, keep it weeded and watered. Then the middle of the season once everything had had a chance to fill out and start flowering they took a second set of pictures and posted "before and after" shots on posters around town. It could work I think since one improvement many times sparks another. It spreads out the work and monetary outlay and gives individuals an opportunity to make their town a more attractive place to live and do business.

  12. cwheat000 08/13/2013

    I love driving or stopping by the Bridgewater market. They always do such a beautiful job. My favorite season so far is 2011 with the pink and purple gomphrena and tall verbena, but it is always something to look foward to. I love to see what they come up with,. It gives me great ideas and brightens my day.

  13. bee1nine 08/13/2013

    Hi kgamel, Thought you would like someone to answer.. You are
    right for the silver foliage plant as being Artemisia. Taking
    a closer view, it looks like 'Powis Castle' Artemisia. They
    have a woody base. These plants do grow as perennials. But
    depends on your zone area and care.
    I'm in zone 7 and find they can get a sprawling appearance if not pruned!

  14. GreenGrammy 08/14/2013

    Although I'm a day late, I just had to write--to compliment all involved in this beautification effort. Also to say that it made me miss New England--its rich and valued history, its beautiful scenery. I have roots there, though I've lived in Ohio all my life.

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