Garden Photo of the Day

Turn a garden tragedy into a stunning focal point

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Before removing that beloved tree or shrub that bit the dust, try highlighting it for another season or two with a coat of vibrant paint. This garden was designed by the horticulturists at the West Tenessee Research and Education Center in Jackson, Tennessee.

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  1. arboretum 01/11/2010

    What a brilliant editing choice here, to show this kind of "outside of the box" kind of thinking, and a perfect photo
    to illustrate the concept. I would love to see a montage-page in FG w/ photos of various creative solutions to disasters.

    In Portland Ore. we once visited a garden where the owner recycled pieces of a broken treasured urn into a patio mosaic. Here at The Cotton-Arbo retum, we experienced the death of three mature sugar maples surrounding our strategically placed shade hut. Rather than remove the trees , we had them cut down to only 12-15', so that when one is sitting in the shade hut,one cannot see the cut-off tops and the trees appear to be part of the landscape. The 'solution'is temporary but it also helps us ease into the ultimate complete loss of our three beloved trees.

    The Cotton-Arbo retum
    Winchester,Ma.

  2. ThankGod4Gardening 01/21/2010

    What a wonderful bit of whimsy. I’ve always judged a garden by whether it makes you smile…and this one maked me chuckle! With this, when it no longer makes you smile you’re left with no more work to remove it than you would have had in the beginning; and it has given you valuable time to focus on relocating any plantings underneath, which might be damaged with the removal of the tree roots or the increased sun exposure. Variety, height and color…what more could you ask for? Great job!

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