Today’s photos are from Nongnuch Inpanbutr in Ohio. Nong says, “We live in Columbus, Ohio, across from the Scioto River and park with a spectacular view, every day and every season presenting a different look. This garden is an evolving garden–always in the PROCESS, just like LIFE itself–no constant.
“The goal of our garden is to create a place to inspire peacefulness and containment, to reflect and meditate, and a place for gatherings with friends and family, and to serve our lifestyle. I love to walk around in the garden early in the morning or just before sunset, and just look at the plants and everything. I take a stroll in my garden in the morning with coffee before going to work, and make one round the first thing when I get home from work, even before going into the house, all year round (with snow and rain–people driving by would see me with my umbrella inspecting my garden and probably think that I AM CRAZY.) We built a walking path to serve that habit (to stroll without getting mud on our shoes).
“When the weather is warm enough, we have breakfast in the rose garden. We entertain a lot at our patio with views of the river and different reflections of the water depending on the weather and time of the day (funny-my neighbor told me one of her friends asked her if my house is a night club, hearing music and seeing lights and people at the patio all the time).
“We would describe our garden as everything blending together to serve the eye and lifestyle. The main goal is to have lots of perennials blooming all season (March to November). We travel a lot, so the garden is the result of bits and pieces inspired by many places around the world. Starting as a Zen garden, then added/morphed with English Garden (roses–more than 36 bushes), Monet’s influence (bridge, irises, tulips, maple), Keukenhof (tulips + other spring bulbs), and major part is lifestyle influence, and also eco/self sufficient garden.
“We use very little fertilizer or chemicals. Kids like our garden a lot. The front yard is mainly flowers and trees for the look, and the back yard is an edible garden with fruit trees and vegetables. This year in the fruit garden in the backyard I am planting arctic kiwis, grapes, and more apples.
“I once read this quote (forgot the source), and it is so true about my garden: ‘It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.'”
Wow, Nong, your garden is so ALIVE! That jumbo Easter egg hunt must have been so much fun for the kids!
**Nong sent so many great photos that I’ll be featuring more tomorrow morning. Stay tuned!**
—–W I N N E R S !—–
It was so much fun to read everyone’s earliesy memories of gardening yesterday, wasn’t it? The winners of yesterday’s giveaway of 2 copies of the Secret Garden coloring book are… siesperanza & hummergirl! You guys, email me your mailing addresses (to [email protected]) and I’ll send the books right out.
Thanks so much to everyone who sent in photos of their gardens last week! As for last week’s book giveaway, the winners are in the following order:
1. Holland Difiglio
2. Karen Taylor
3. Mary Yee
4. Martha Cabinsky
5. Nongnuch Inpanbutr
I’ll be emailing you guys in order to ask which book you’d like out of the 5.
CONGRATS to all the winners!
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