Today we’re visiting Margaret Sobolewski’s garden in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
I sent pictures of my garden to GPOD years ago, and I thought I would send some photos of my latest project, a rock/scree garden. My husband has a drone we used for the overhead shots. We have gardened on this land in Carlisle in south central Pennsylvania, a former cornfield, for 36 years. The rock garden used to be a formal pond. I decided it was too much maintenance and converted it to a rock garden three years ago. I took out the liner and filled the 28-inch-deep and 14-foot-diameter space with sand and gravel dust, placed the stones, and added a gravel mulch. Joseph Tychonievich’s book on rock gardening was a great resource.
Then the fun began: learning about a whole new group of plants. These are miniature gems that require sharp drainage and are mostly available through mail order. I joined the Delaware Valley chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society to learn from experts and got some wonderful plants and advice from them. About 10% of the plants have died. I plant new gems each spring. It’s very much trial and error—and very low maintenance.
Drone shot of the garden.
The rock garden from above, with the trees showing fall color.
Coming down to ground level, a view across the rock garden
Thickly planted perennials and shrubs make a lush backdrop for the former pond turned into a rock garden.
Filling the former pond with sand and gravel provided the tiny rock garden gems the excellent drainage they require to thrive.
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