Today she says, “And now for something completely different! About 5 years ago we moved to a new house with no garden to speak of. The house was new construction and it was surrounded by hard packed heavy equipment crunched clay, rocks, and scrub oaks which are ever present in the foot hills of the Wasatch mountains. We were lucky enough to have a lone maple tree up fairly close to the house.
“I browsed magazines and books to get inspiration on how to proceed with the landscape design. We knew we wanted some sort of water feature, but did not necessarily want a pond. We settled on a small river which makes a lovely sound and tends to cool you off (if only mentally) when you near it. When turned off, the river water completely disappears into an underground tank. While this does not allow for beautiful water plants, it saves lots of time on maintenance, cleaning, and the worry of standing water around the many small children in the neighborhood.
“After the river was built, I was browsing a gardening catalog and came across a “fairy castle.” This sparked the seed of an idea which quickly grew into an entire community of “homes” situated around the new river. My eight year old son wanted to help me with the construction, but he was not about to help with a fairy garden, so we made the switch to gnomes. Children and adults alike enjoy seeing what’s new in the gnome garden!”
Sooooooo cute, Lori! The kids in the neighborhood must LOVE this.
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