Today’s photos are from Michael Toolson and Gina Wells in Boise, Idaho. Michael says, “In the spring of 2006, I was looking for a project that would afford me a degree of freedom to express myself as a landscaper, and that opportunity came in the form of a recently widowed Gina Wells, who moved here from the East Coast to be closer to her children.
She had just bought a house in the Historic North End of Boise that was devoid of all landscaping. There was grass, an ancient Catalpa tree, a 1930’s fireplace and not much else. She had some definite ideas – she wanted specimens of trees, plants, and flowers that she’d had in all the various places she’d lived to serve as reminders, but she knew nothing about what would grow in Idaho. And she didn’t want a crew of landscapers. She wanted one person to work with and share ideas.
“We didn’t have a formal plan. We visited nurseries together and while I tried to educate her as to what would do well in our climate, she showed me what she liked, and more importantly, what she didn’t like. She gave me enormous freedom and I put my heart into giving her my best work. The result has been a happy collaboration.
“The yard changes from year to year, and draws compliments even in the dead of winter. I never tire of this project and I look forward to warm weather when I can revisit old plantings and introduce new ones. Gina’s garden is a testimony to the importance of how the homeowner and designer must work closely together.”
Great work, you guys. It’s a beautiful garden. Thanks for sharing it!
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