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Terry & Lorraine’s Slope-side Garden in Montana

Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

So, last week I had great fortune to visit Kielian DeWitt (Annek) in Hamilton, Montana, (see her garden HERE) and my gosh was it fun!

Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

You’ll be seeing her garden in the magazine next year, and you will LOVE it, but while I was there, Kielian rounded up a bunch of other gardens in the area for me to see. One of them especially charmed me. It’s tended by Terry and Lorraine Newman. Terry and Lorraine have only been married for a few short years, and this terraced space was Terry’s wedding gift to Lorraine, and they’ve been gardening it together ever since. Terry says it helps cut down on the mowing on this steep slope, but more than that, it’s just awesome! Enjoy.

Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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  1. user-1020932 08/28/2013

    great spot you have developed and on the slope everything is displayed perfectly for viewing. having never been to Montana i never really thought of gardens and Montana together. i just thought of montana, big sky, horses and cowboys. i'm glad to know i was wrong and my horizons have been expanded. i'm also glad to see the gardeners and who created the featured garden.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 08/28/2013

    Quite an attention grabber. I predict even less lawn in your future!

  3. gloriaj 08/28/2013

    what a beautiful way to express love to another then with beautiful flower. Great job

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    meander_michaele 08/28/2013

    Well, without a doubt, a beautiful garden to be mutually enjoyed and worked on together is a gift that keeps on giving so kudos to Terry for his brilliant idea!
    I can't quite figure out how the pathway to the top sitting area it fairly direct or does it spiral upward around and around?
    I'm enchanted by the birdhouse and the adorable cute!

  5. tractor1 08/28/2013

    A very interesting concept... vertical flower gardening triples ones gardening area... Disney has nothing on this Montana Magic Mountain. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a subteranean home under that dome of flora. Leaves me curious about the veiw from that mountain top throne.

  6. annek 08/28/2013

    Terry and Lorraine, I LOVE your plant combinations. The Liatris is gorgeous, the coneflowers stunning, the Black-Eyed Susan's profuse and the overall effect is delightful. So much love and attention in such a short period of time. Your efforts definitely paid off. Tractor1 aptly named your is indeed Montana Magic Mountain. And, yes, tntreeman, we do have big skies, big horses and lo and behold.....big gardens! I'll have a cold beer ready when you decide to visit!

    Lorraine, Sam's Spade is having a perennial exchange in September. If you have any divisions to share, I'm sure they would be appreciated by many! (I'll trade you four daylillies for one of your Liatris!)

    Michelle, the garden visits were a blast with you here! You were so much fun and made everyone feel at ease (you really were a celebrity :-) Consider Montana your second home!

  7. cwheat000 08/28/2013

    What a fabulous present to the one you love. The current theory on garden design relies heavily on foliage, not flowers. I get that, I really do. However, I really LOVE flowers. This garden is a pure expression of joy. Some of the color combos are really fabulous. I wouldn't usually have liked a bright pink phlox with golden rudbeckia, but the redish rudbeckia or echinacea, not only makes it work, but makes it great. The yellow coreopsis and purple liatris combo is made really special by adding that almost black pincushion flower. I can see, with your love for gardening, new beds popping up along the fence lines (if your schedule permits it).Please send us more pictures in the future.

  8. GrannyMay 08/28/2013

    What a happy, cheerful flower-garden to enjoy together! Terry that was a brilliant idea, and I can see that you and Lorraine will be helping each other a lot as you clamber up and down, tending this lovely slope. Do I see watering lines built in, a big help in a terraced garden? You would not want to be like Jack and Jill, tumbling down the hill!

  9. Quiltingmamma 08/28/2013

    I love this garden. It is cheerful and chockablock full of perennials. Tried and true ones, but in exciting colours. All these hot colours are perfect for adding drama and impact to this interesting design. There are a few I would be happy to buy from a plant sale, but can't get them across the border. Sigh.

  10. Happily_Gardening 08/28/2013

    Oh my perfect in every way-a delightfully lovely garden and a wonderful love story!

  11. jagardener 08/28/2013

    A wonderful gift. Much love there. Love the many colors and combination.

  12. sheila_schultz 08/28/2013

    What a beautiful love story... and everyday Terry and Lorraine can be reminded why they are together as they work side by side in the thoughtful gift that is their garden.

  13. GrnThum 08/28/2013

    You two have created a wonderful butterfly garden! So many nectar plants for our winged friends. Great job!

  14. user-1020932 08/28/2013

    came back to look again and i still love it.
    AnneK get that beer chilling because i think i gotta see Montana
    and Michelle you're a superstar whether you wanna admit it or not!

  15. raintalker 08/28/2013

    Thank you so much for you encouraging comments. We have more than 90 perennials in our yard and several varieties of each. I've strived for constant color. Earlier blooms in this rock garden consist of lupines, peonies, poppies, soapwort, creeping phlox, dianthus, lewisia, daisies, candytuft, centaurea, dianthus and salvia. As you can tell, we never pass up a nursery and we have a huge stack of flower catalogs. I guess our next step is "Gardeners Anonymous". At least, this is a very rewarding habit! Happy gardening to all.

  16. CynthiaGillis 08/28/2013

    Fabulous combinations. I fully intend to 'steal' some of the ideas for the new garden I am making in Olathe KS. Just brilliant.

  17. tractor1 08/28/2013

    TNT: Exploring Northwest Montana is the only way to see heaven without dying... everyone has to see Glacier International Peace Park at least once.

  18. user-1020932 08/28/2013

    tractor, i've seen many places that seemed pretty close to heaven on earth but i'm sure Montana would also be on that list

  19. annek 08/28/2013

    OK treeman, three different kinds of beer are in the fridge..super cold. We're ready. And you're right, I, too, think Michelle is a superstar! (although a humble one).

  20. user-1020932 08/29/2013

    i'll be right over, AnneK :)

  21. delancey 08/29/2013

    Wonderful colours, Terry & Lorraine! Your beautiful garden inspires me, and I'll be referring to these photos in future. Thanks so much for adding the list of earlier bloomers. My long perennial bed, roughly 4 x 16 feet, is coming along nicely, with many of the same flowers. I hope in few seasons it'll look as lush as your slope garden.

  22. delancey 08/29/2013

    Terry or Lorraine:
    Would you please tell me the name of the dark burgundy flower that stands out so beautifully against the B-E-Susan? I need this one! I practically have the car keys in my hand to head out to the garden centre...
    Thanks, Val.

  23. janeeliz 08/29/2013

    What a sweet gift! May your LOVE continue to flourish as your garden surely is...

  24. raintalker 08/30/2013

    DeLancey The burgundy flower is scabiosa. I think it is 'Ace of Spades'. I love scabiosa as a filler.

  25. delancey 08/30/2013

    Thanks for identifying the scabiosa. I like it also, but didn't know it was available in that dark, rich colour!

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