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Deb’s Garden in Holland, Michigan

Making a garden from scratch

white rose bloom

Deb Jedynak is sharing her garden with us today.

I’ve been gardening since 1985 when my husband and I purchased our first home in Chicago. When we moved in, the garden was a mess and thoroughly neglected. It took me years to get it the way I wanted it. I studied horticulture and became a Master Gardener in the ’90s. But then my beautiful tiny garden became infested with termites and rodents, and I was forced to rip out all the vegetation, which saddened me. Living in a big city is precarious. When we bought our summer home in Holland, Michigan, I wanted enough property to recreate another garden, which I did on a third of an acre. We purchased this home in 2004, and I proceeded to fence it in and start from scratch. When I moved to Holland permanently in 2010, I really started adding more and more landscaping every year—plants and more plants. My garden is always evolving and changing, especially with the recent addition of a memorial garden for my husband, who passed in 2017 after a long illness. Following two knee replacements, I continue to move forward, making my garden a haven for animals and pollinators. My garden recently became certified as a butterfly and wildlife habitat. The hummingbirds love it too. Garden center greenhouses make me feel alive! And I get excited wondering how many plants I can stuff in my car.

raised bed full of vegetablesA raised bed overflows with delicious fresh vegetables.

white rose bloomAn absolutely perfect rose bloom

garden bed along fence with pink rosesThe beds along the fence, with rose bushes coming into bloom

wide view of the backyard garden

This wide view of the backyard shows the various beds and the fencing to keep the rabbits at bay.

black garden benchA bench for sitting and enjoying the garden

container plantings along the fenceContainers and vines help add height along the fence.

new plants in nursery potsEvery gardener’s favorite thing: a new haul of plants from the nursery!


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  1. garden1953 06/30/2022

    Lovely yard and gardens. Thanks for sharing!

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    user-7007816 06/30/2022

    Congratulations on your garden. Lovely and so well maintained.

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    treasuresmom 06/30/2022

    Really nice.

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    simplesue 06/30/2022

    I've never-ever seen a cement (?) planter like you have with the faces - Wow where did you get that? I love it and want one! Please write back in comments to tell me!!!!
    Looks like a cement sculpture of a moral mushroom in the middle of it too- so clever!
    When you say "Garden center greenhouses make you feel alive" I totally agreee!
    Your garden looks like it's a really fun place to enjoy, so full of life with all the vegetables and the bench to sit on to enjoy the view...a wonderful accomplishment!

  5. user-7392754 07/01/2022

    Your garden is lovely!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful space!!! I love garden centers too. I nearly hyperventilate with excitement just walking into one!

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