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Revisiting Bob and Mary Ann’s Garden in Kentucky

Main garden entrance. Photo/Illustration: All photos courtesy of Bob & Mary Ann Hines

We visited Bob and Mary Ann Hines’ garden in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, twice back in 2012, so it might be new to quite a few of you! (See the first two visits HERE and HERE) Today they’re back with photos from the 2013 season.

Daylilies, impatiens, marigolds

They say, “As with so many across the country, our winter has been very cold and snowy, so we are anxious to see what returns for summer 2014. We have about 800 new plants in various stages in our basement greenhouse and we are so ready to get out to the garden to work.”

Me, too! I’m predicting you’re garden will be just as lovely this year as last, if not more, if those 800 plants have anything to do with it…. I cannot believe this garden is only 6 years old! Thanks, Bob and Mary Ann, for the visit!

–BEFORE, in 2008– 

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Sedum ‘Black Jack’, sweet William 
‘Blushing Bride’ hydrangea 
New water feature viewed from porch 

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  1. dirtgirl1949 03/28/2014

    This is just delightful and everything so green and lush. I can see that one whole lot of hard work has gone into making this such a stunning area. Well done Bob and Mary Ann.

  2. Annesfirst 03/28/2014

    This is a sure sign of soil that is well-tended. Magnificent!!

    Regarding the mechanics of this post, why must I look at a Home Depot ad that appears on top of each enlarged photo?

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 03/28/2014

    Nice water feature! All of those flowers look like a treat for pollinators and gardeners alike.
    UCMG: I don't see any ads when I enlarge the photos either way? Hmm.

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    meander_michaele 03/28/2014

    Well, Bob and Mary Ann, I would also be seriously chomping at the bit to see this beautiful garden spring back to life. Especially with 600 new residents getting ready to move in and find that perfect spot to call home. I don't know what your previous professions were prior to your retirements but you have certainly found your calling in creating and maintaining your own personal paradise. I am captivated (again) by that sumptuous blue there a more deep true blue than whatever that particular variety displays? It's a perfect stunner!
    Wishing you luck that your losses from this cold winter are few.

  5. tractor1 03/28/2014

    Oh my, where oh where can you fit _8 0 0_ new plants... I like the way everything fits now, I like space between plants so they can spread to their full potential and exhibit their natural growth habit. But then I don't know the size of that property, perhaps there are several bare acres of which I'm unaware. Bob and Mary Ann, that's a wonderful transformation in only a few short years, thank you.

  6. GardenGrl1 03/28/2014

    WOW! The 'before' photo really put all of your hard work and planning into perspective. To start with a blank slate and end up with a gorgeous garden!

    How exciting! 800 new plants! I can't wait to see those in future photos. I really feel like a slacker, I only grow a few hundred each year, most are veggies, and I give them away.

  7. CJgardens 03/28/2014

    Bob and Mary Ann,
    Beautiful gardens and amazing that you've done it all since 2009. Admire that you start so many of your plants in your basement greenhouse. I have never had much success. Are many of your starts annuals that fill your lovely containers and bountiful borders? Have you grown perennials from seed also? Which have been most successful for you?
    The 'Blushing Bride' hydrangea is my favorite.
    Thanks for sharing more photos and hope your yard survived the winter.

  8. bee1nine 03/28/2014

    Yikes! Bob and Mary Ann,

    ALL so incredibly magnificent and lush! To have visualized
    and created such a backyard landscape makeover in somewhat short time is by far truly amazing indeed!
    And now with 800 new plants waiting for their new 'homes,'
    you will have to surprise us, again!!

  9. greengenes 03/28/2014

    What a way to start the day! Thanks Bob and Mary anne.. totally awesome is your garden! How rewarding it is, especially in this time of your lives. I really enjoyed seeing the blue clematis. I purchased one at the garden show in seattle and almost evey day I go and check for growth! The color is so needed in my gardens. So what have you got growing in your greenhouse basement? The 800 starts for your spring project..Would love to know. You will have to send in more pics this summer so we can see!!! Thanks for brighting up my day!

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  11. GrannyMay 03/28/2014

    Thank you for sharing your lovely garden, Bob and Mary Ann! You obviously have found the perfect new job in your retirement. Do you share all the tasks or do you each have your areas of expertise? Do you grow all your own annuals? That would be a major challenge. I'd love to see the setup in your basement greenhouse. However you manage it, the results are magnificent!

  12. GrannyCC 03/28/2014

    Amazing I can't imagine planting 800 more plants. Your garden is stunning.

  13. perennialgrdnr_z4b 03/28/2014

    It is great to see all of these wonderful gardens everyday. I can't imagine starting 800 plants from seeds, but the results are colorful indeed! Makes me all the more ready for Spring!! Someday soon all of the snow will melt in my garden, and I now can see my snowdrops are just popping up here and there.

    On another note, all of a sudden, only for the past 2 days in fact, I'm also seeing large ads that intrude on each photo as you click on them to enlarge them. There must be a way to eliminate these nuisance ads that block half of each photo as they are enlarged in the pop-up window.

    Thanks, Michelle, for sharing these great gardens everyday.

  14. Meelianthus 03/28/2014

    Hello Bob & Mary Ann ~ Thank you for sharing your wonderful gardens once again. What a treat to see all that you have accomplished. I especially loved your 'main garden entrance', your wonderful large porch, the beautiful green grassy paths thru your gardens, and, well - just about everything.
    Thank You both.

  15. appaloosa 03/29/2014

    This is one of the most beautiful gardens that I have ever seen. I didn't like the ads popping up either. I experimented and found that if you enlarge the picture by NOT clicking on the picture but by clicking on the HERE it comes out normal without the ads.

  16. grannieannie1 03/29/2014

    A chockful garden with tumbling flowers on all levels: you've done it beautifully.

  17. pattyspencer 03/29/2014

    Wow - all those flowers! Amazingly beautiful! 800 new ones? Whew! So much work you've accomplished - really really beautiful!!

  18. Johnysalsen 04/01/2014

    Seriously : hundreds of blooms! Incredibly wonderful! All of those flowers look like a treat for pollinators and gardeners alike.

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