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READER PHOTOS! Brooke’s garden in Indiana

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Brooke Kroeger

Today’s photos come from Brooke Kroeger in Petersburg, Indiana. Brooke says, “I’m located in the hills of southwestern Indiana, about 30 minutes from the Kentucky border. We live on 7 acres way out in the country on a 48 acre lake. Lots of woods, water, wildflowers and animal life to enjoy.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Brooke Kroeger

“Our farmhouse-style home is 6 years old, but the initial front borders have been in place for 5 years…. since then I have worked my way out. Last spring I included a raised bed rose garden with new 35 roses. It has been a fantastic addition, with at least 10 varieties blooming at any given time. I am an avid collector; irises, daylilies, hydrangeas, roses, flowering shrubs, and recently rare conifers and evergreens. With such a big area to work with, it has been a challenge and a wonderful opportunity to start with a blank canvas to create a dream garden.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Brooke Kroeger

“One thing I was blessed with is ROCKS! We had 52 boulders when we dug our basement. If you dig, you get a rock…. so I am constantly amending planting areas as I expand. We have a very unique fire-pit rock garden that includes the majority of the largest boulders. One is bigger than a compact car! It looks like the scene of ‘Survivor’ when we have a fire and light the tiki torches… who knows who will be ‘voted off the island’…lol.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Brooke Kroeger

“Basically, I am an ever-learning, avid home gardener that shares her experiences. I am passionate about my blooms, thrive to create long lasting, creative combinations that will endure. My garden is coming together to a point that the fun part is now… editing… decorating… the heavy lifting is mostly in place…. it is the time to enjoy it. Please visit my garden online at”

Thanks so much for sharing your garden with us, Brooke. It’s beautiful, and the boulders are a wonderful element!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Brooke Kroeger

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Brooke Kroeger
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Brooke Kroeger
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Brooke Kroeger
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Brooke Kroeger
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Brooke Kroeger
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Brooke Kroeger
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Brooke Kroeger

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  1. tractor1 04/18/2012

    What a grand labor of love. Those sweeping views are gorgeous. With that abundance of sun it's still not too late to construct a vegetable garden. Thank you, Brooke.

  2. GrnThum 04/18/2012

    Yow -- Seven acres. You must never sleep. I have trouble just keeping up with my little 1/2 acre. I give you great credit and your efforts are beautiful. Don't forget the milkweed for the Monarchs. You're right on their northern migration route.

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    meander_michaele 04/18/2012

    What a beautiful piece of land you own,Brooke. Those kinds of rolling vistas are priceless and sing a song that touches the soul. You must wake up every day energized by your partnership with Mother Nature. It's so gratifying to have a passion and when it's gardening, every little effort is so worthwhile. Enjoy your canvas.

  4. M_Fox 04/18/2012

    I am one who usually has difficulty being brief. Today, however, all I can say to Brooke is, "Wow! Thank you so much for sharing."

  5. pattyspencer 04/18/2012

    Lots of area to work in and I really like all the different plants you have. Variety is the spice of life!

  6. birdnerd 04/18/2012

    Wow, it's very beautiful. I love the pond and your rock-edged gardens. Great work.

  7. greengrowler 04/19/2012

    What an absolutely gorgeous property! Seven acres...a dream come true! Brooke, you've done a great job so far. With all that space, creativity knows no boundaries. Just the thought of having even one acre makes me swoon; you are one lucky lady.
    Beautiful pond, too.

  8. mauritian_host 04/19/2012

    hi Brooke, this garden is a paradise, the views are breathtaking i love all the pictures, wish i could have one like yours i am just a starter... novice but you are a master!!! way to go!!!

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