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Repurpose and Party Garden

Cindi Martin knows how to repurpose and throw a great party!

"This is our backyard in Pennsylvania.  Every year we add more and more. Last year we did three really big projects which included running electric throughout yard, taking down four 60 ft+ pine trees, and installing windbreaker fence (which I designed to the front and back corners of our property. We are big into reusing items also. As you can see, we have a corncrib gazebo, hanging flower planters made from conveyor belting at a feed mill, tire rim fire ring and refurbished furniture. Of course the center piece of the yard is the Mount Fuji weeping cherry. It is beautiful in the Spring. The fountain area has weeping butterfly bushes (that as you can see are a challenge to keep under control) as well as several varieties of hydrangeas. There is also a custom tree house complex built around (not attached to) a perfect Norway maple for all to enjoy. Yes, my husband even put in horseshoe pits along hedge with night lighting. We love to entertain on weekends. We even did our first garden tour 2 years ago and welcomed over 200 people into our yard. Looking forward to doing another one sometime."

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 03/14/2016

    That's a great cherry tree and I'm so glad you mentioned the corn-crib gazebo, so I would look for it. Takes me back to my childhood; of course I only remember them filled with corn, not made for relaxing!

    1. Cinders13 03/14/2016

      I sent other pictures but they didn't post. Tried posting other pictures here but they are evidently too big. Have FB. Look me up.

      1. GrannyMay 03/14/2016

        Love this, Cindi! I couldn't quite get it from your other photos. The inside looks very roomy too.

  2. wGardens 03/14/2016

    Your cherry tree is awesome! The corn-crib gazebo is a fabulous idea. Love your re-purposed creations. Do send in more photos! Thank you~

    1. Cinders13 03/14/2016

      Here is another picture. Trying to post a few in replies. Most are too big for here. Check me out on FB

      1. user-3571852 03/15/2016

        Love the pictures of your garden. What's your FB page? Did a search but finding no garden pics for Cindi Martin

        1. user-6111518 03/15/2016

          Yes, please. Would love to view your fb photos.

          1. Cinders13 03/15/2016

            I just posted some featured pics. My garden album should be open to public.

        2. Cinders13 03/15/2016

          It is Cindi Martin. I just posted some featured pics.

  3. picnic1648 03/14/2016

    i am living in the south and i miss my northern garden, oh such a lush old garden

  4. sheila_schultz 03/14/2016

    What a fun yard to play in... a great party place! Your cherry tree truly is a show piece... lucky you!

  5. GrannyCC 03/14/2016

    Your garden sounds amazing and lot of work, Beautiful cherry and love the fountain bird bath combo,

    1. Cinders13 03/14/2016

      Thank you. Picture of inside of gazebo.

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        meander_michaele 03/14/2016

        Looks so spacious...what a fun place to enjoy sitting outside.

      2. GrannyCC 03/14/2016

        Looks like a lovely place to sit.

      3. user-6111518 03/15/2016

        Oh my! Your gazebo is amazing!

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    LindaonWhidbey 03/14/2016

    Cindi, what an interesting mature yard. There's a corn crib at a nursery near here but they've used it for an aviary and have grown an interesting variety of Nasturtium vine on part of it. Making yours into a gazebo was a really creative idea. That cherry tree is impressive!

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    meander_michaele 03/14/2016

    Lucky you to have that glorious mature weeping cherry certainly puts on a wonderful spring show...sigh... that goes by too quickly. I don't think I've seen such a fulsome clump of weeping butterfly bushes. Do you prune them back almost to the ground each spring as your way of keeping them under control? Yes, I agree with Margaret Dunbar in her request for additional pictures!

    1. Cinders13 03/14/2016

      Haven't pruned yet. They are only 3 years old, but we did rig up something to keep them back. Debating if we need to move or not. Most of my pictures won't post (too big) I am on FB.

  8. Cenepk10 03/14/2016

    Simply Fantastic !!!!!

    1. Cinders13 03/14/2016

      Thank you.

  9. katieerb 03/14/2016

    What an awesome garden, I love the weeping butterfly bush!

  10. user-4691082 03/14/2016

    I just love how fun your garden looks! I love the corn crib gazebo...any chance it could be screened to keep mosquitos out? Beautiful!

  11. krissgandier 03/15/2016

    Wow! So beautiful and it sounds like a fun place to be. I think horse shoes are a lot of fun in the summer. That is one huge cherry tree and so gorgeous when in full bloom with its weeping branches of pink.

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