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Rustic, Native and Beautiful in Chile

By Kim Charles


Consuelo Marin gives us the opportunity to view her splendid garden in Chile.

"We have a place in the mountains 2 hours from Santiago, Chile. To grow a garden there has certainly been a challenge. Besides the poor soil, cold winters and very hot summers, we have a lot of rabbits … but we made it, we thrived a very rustic garden, we took advantage of the native plants we have there, a small area of grass, a couple of fruit trees, a lot of gravel, stone walls and plants with low water requirements and a natural pond for a relaxing evening. Now, spring is coming in our area and we are looking forward to see the flowers bloom, roses, calendulas, lavenders, abelias, crocosmias."

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  1. user-3565112 09/28/2016

    Working with Mother Nature has paid off big time for you. The photos of you home with the stone retaining walls,, mountains & native plants are terrific. Good luck, Joe

    1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

      Thank you Joe, you are absolutely right, Mother Nature is my partner!

  2. wGardens 09/28/2016

    That is an amazing view that you have! Your pond certainly is a lovely area to spend time around. Is there a lot of wildlife that uses it? The tree/shrub with the pink flowers (What is it?) is beautiful. Thank you for sharing! Hope to see more.

    1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

      Thanks Margaret!
      We built these ponds a couple of years ago and became a great spot in our place, we have seen foxes and many birds around, there are also some little marsupials called Yaca (Thylamys elegans) endemic to Chile.
      The shrub with the pink flowers is a peach tree.

  3. NCYarden 09/28/2016

    Awesome. What a unique area, as well as gardening challenge. So pleased to see you've found a way to make it work. Even without the garden, such amazing views. Thanks for sharing.

    1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

      It is very nice for me th share this place from Chile, I am glad you liked

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    meander_michaele 09/28/2016

    Well, Consuelo, your story and pictures show the truth in the expression, "Where there's a will, there's a way". You have created a very lovely garden that lives in harmony with its surroundings. I see a personal favorite of mine, Mexican feather grass (stipa tenuissima), has made itself at home in your challenging conditions and adds its delicate beauty as a backdrop for other plants. Love the drama of your snow capped mountain views and the tranquility of your pond.

    1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

      Thank you so much!
      We have been working this garden for almost 15 years and now we have this beautiful place with a gorgeous surroundings.

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    treasuresmom 09/28/2016

    All I can say is you have it made!! You have everything that a gardener could possibly want - beautiful scenery and wonderful plants. Please share again as your spring progresses.

    1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

      I hope to share the garden again in a different season, it is so different!

  6. user-4691082 09/28/2016

    Now, that's a view! You have created an oasis on your property. It's a good lesson to abide by drought tolerant plants, as I'm sure you can't baby them! Beautiful and peaceful...

    1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

      Thanks a lot Ronda!
      It is a hard combination of drought tolerant and snow resistant plants

  7. annek 09/28/2016

    Your garden is ruggedly beautiful. The stone retaining walls, grasses, mountain views and beginnings of spring have provided a wonderfully natural landscape. Well done and bravo for perseverance!

    1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

      Perseverance ... that´s the word!
      Fights with rabbits is on a daily basis

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    LindaonWhidbey 09/28/2016

    Consuelo, it certainly looks like high desert where you are which has to be one of the most challenging areas to garden but it looks like you've acclimated to it well. Love your feather grasses amongst the rocks with just the start of the crocosmia. Your setting in which to garden is spectacular. It would be interesting to see it in other seasons as well. Thanks for sharing.

    1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

      Thanks to you for your comments.
      Gardening there is really nice, it is our relaxing time out of Santiago during the weekends

  9. GrannyCC 09/28/2016

    What a beautiful setting and you have certainly created an oasis in a difficult environment.

    1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

      Thanks Catherine!

  10. GracePeterson 09/28/2016

    What a peaceful setting for a home and garden. Absolutely lovely.

    1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

      It is our weekend home, we would love to live there ..... maybe some day

  11. sheila_schultz 09/28/2016

    You must never tire of the view outside your windows. The mountain areas outside of Santiago are truly magnificent and you have created a natural beauty in your gardens using native plants that have learned to thrive in challenging conditions. Add me to the list of other GPOD'ers that would love to see your gardens in other seasons!

    1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

      Never ever, the mountains change every day, every hour!
      I can say that to use native plants are the key to grow a garden in difficult conditions

      1. sheila_schultz 09/29/2016

        I agree completely. I've learned over the years that using native plants in Denver, CO is the way to go. Around here, they are all thin leaved and the hail we get so often falls between the leaves! it's always good to pay attention to Mother Nature!!!
        We also have dear friends in Santiago... your country is magnificent.

  12. user-7007498 09/28/2016

    Very impressive, Consuelo. You have taken the conditions you have and have created a beautiful garden that integrates with the surroundings. Many of us create gardens to screen an unfavorable view, but you are surrounded by awesome natural beauty. I especially love the photo of the pond with the mountains in the distance. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

      Thank you Kevin!
      Yes, we are lucky to have that magnificent surroundings, we have working to have a garden that melts in the area

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/28/2016

    I love it! Everything looks so rugged and full of beauty. Quite breathtaking. Thanks for sharing your spring and the fruit of your hard labor.

    1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

      Thank you Tim!

  14. schatzi 09/28/2016

    Beautiful! and I can't say it better than everyone else, so I will just say, me too!

  15. schatzi 09/28/2016

    The calendula glows in the sunlight. What is the beautiful gray shrub in front of the rock wall?

    1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

      The gray shrub is Santolina, rabits don´t like it at all.

      1. schatzi 09/29/2016

        I have Santolina too but it sure doesn't look that lush in this climate. I do love plants that deer and rabbits don't like.

        1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

          The other plant that rabits don´t like at all is Rosemary

  16. user-7008244 09/29/2016

    OMG! Beautiful place Consuelo

    1. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

      Thanks Beatriz!

  17. consuelomarin 09/29/2016

    Thank you Diane for your comments!
    To see the mountains every day is something that in Chile we take for granted, I did missed them while I was living in Philadelphia

  18. [email protected] 06/05/2017

    Consuelo, what beautiful property! What is the tree with the pink flowers?

  19. klarissawills 01/17/2018

    Hola Consuelo. Not sure if you still read this. We have a house in el Fundo de San Francisco de los Andes and spend 2-3 months here every year. If you are in this area, maybe we could meet one day and share ideas? (You know a lot more than we, of course.).

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