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How to Make More Space in the Garden

There’s no need to restrict your plant list or downsize your outdoor living areas when designing a tiny space

Fine Gardening – Issue 176
At the time, buying a house seemed like such a grown-up thing. But the allure of having a garden was too powerful to ignore. So after years of renting places with limited outdoor space, my friend Tim Lally and I pooled our resources in 1993 and bought a house. Tim is a landscape architect at Timothy Lally Design and I’m a horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden, so while the qualities of the house were important, space for a garden—even a small one—was essential. The backyard of our new project was basically a blank slate: a patch of grass, a clothesline, and a concrete path straight out to an alley. A tiny garage sat at the back corner of the property and was the only thing that would stay because a garage is a must-have in Chicago. At first look, it wasn’t the most auspicious of spaces, but we were…

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