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Suzanne’s 100% organic garden in Connecticut

Today’s photos are from Suzanne Sayers in central Connecticut. She says, “I’m a certified master gardener and have been gardening for about 14 years now. We’ve transformed our little 1/4 of an acre yard (which doesn’t seem so small), into a gardening oasis.

I garden 100% organically, which means we use no pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers on plants or grass. I try to use as many native species as I can. My garden is mostly sun, but I’ve planted about a dozen trees since living here, which has helped to create some shady pockets. I plant very few annuals, and love to plant as many different hardy types of succulents as I can, which helps to cut down tremendously on watering, and they’re also beautiful!

I also incorporate garden art into my beds (pieces by me and other artists).  It adds a whimsical touch. Our garden was featured on a local garden tour two years ago, and although I was very nervous about having over 500 people parade through my yard, it was such a fun experience and I hope to do it again one day.”

I’d totally tour your garden, Suzanne, it’s so charming and pretty, and it’s so close by! Keep me posted…. And thanks for sharing!

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    meander_michaele 08/07/2014

    Your garden is certainly a wonderful testimonial for the success of all organic gardening, Suzanne...lush and robust plants and, seemingly, no weeds! I enjoyed your delightful repetitions of chartreuse tones with the pops of burgundy...they create a nice viewing rhythm. Looks like you have several lovely seating opportunities although with as impeccably maintained as all those beds are, I'm not sure how much you get to plop down and put them to use. The tree in the picture with the tan lounges is so beautifully is a living piece of artwork. I'm sure all the folks who were fortunate enough to see your garden on the tour went home inspired and filled with great ideas.

  2. NCYarden 08/07/2014

    Your garden is certainly worthy of a tour, so it seems inevitable it will be visited by the masses again soon enough. Hats off to you as well for the organic concept. And everything is so tidy. Very pleasant.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 08/07/2014

    Looks so healthy! Love the use of stone, gravel and paving materials.

  4. GrannyMay 08/07/2014

    Suzanne, I love your use of grasses and other grass-like plants (daylilies?) to create the billowing flows of greens throughout your garden. My favourite of your many welcoming sitting areas is the one under the spreading branches of the large tree underplanted with hostas and ferns. I'm not familiar with what plants are native in your area, but they all look very healthy and happy living with you! Congratulations on being a "green" gardener!

  5. sheila_schultz 08/07/2014

    Like Meander, I really enjoy the repetition of chartreuse and burgundy throughout your gardens. Everything is tied together... similar yet different. Beautifully done, Suzanne.

  6. jennypapevies 08/07/2014

    Suzanne Sayers, Can u please identify the type of tree with the two green chairs sitting underneath it? Thank you, [email protected]

  7. GrannyCC 08/07/2014

    What a wonderful gentle oasis. Very soothing atmosphere with lots of interesting textures throughout.

  8. thevioletfern 08/07/2014

    I always have to applaud 100% organic gardening! And with such beautiful results! I love your use of gravel and stone and have "edge envy."

  9. Cenepk10 08/07/2014

    What Kathy Sturr said !!! edge envy, for sure. Beautiful !

  10. NevadaSue 08/07/2014

    Your garden is beautiful! I love the grasses and the stone you used. Very lush and inviting. I really like how you put the lighter gravel along the stone path beside the house, so attractive. Thanks so much for sharing with us. :)

  11. perenniallycrazy 08/07/2014

    Love the various grasses and the very comfortable and bright seating areas. So many rooms to play and have fun in. Can't help but notice how neat and tidy the garden is, too.

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