Garden Photo of the Day

Visiting Dana’s Garden

Sharing a friend's garden

garden view from a patio with ornate iron railing

Today Sue Hughes is sharing a friend’s beautiful garden.

I’d like to share the beautiful garden of my neighbor and friend Dana Kline. I spent the day in her garden with her and her dog Hadley and thought it would be fun to share my photos of it with other gardeners on Garden Photo of the Day! Dana’s garden is in the historic Schenley Farms neighborhood in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh (Zone 6b). She started this garden in 2004, and it’s constantly changing with the seasons. These photos are what July looks like, and as you can imagine, spring, autumn, and even winter each has its own seasonal highlights.

gardener standing at the end of garden path at a gateWith Dana at the garden gate, a huge trumpet vine (Campsis radicans, Zones 4–9) arches overhead.

garden path with lots of smooth hydrangeaLooking down the path into the garden, masses of smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens, Zones 3–9) line the path to the right. I love how lush and full the plantings are.

garden view from a patio with ornate iron railingThis view of the garden from the patio is perfectly framed by the stunning iron work.

pink potted geraniumsPotted geraniums (Pelargonium hybrids, Zones 9–11 or as annuals) rest on an architectural piece turned garden art.

small garden pond with iron coverThe garden pond has beautiful iron work over it to keep out raccoons and pests.

dog next to small garden pondHadley the dog likes watching the fish and frogs safely on the other side of the iron barrier.

garden beds with big ornamental grass and pink flowersLush, overflowing garden beds are framed by a neatly trimmed lawn and hedges.

antique pedestal with garden beds on both sidesAn antique pedestal makes a centerpiece in the garden.

bright pink and orange roseA beautiful rose shows how the flowers change in color as they age.

view from back of garden with gardner and dogDana and Hadley are enjoying the house and the garden.


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  1. Rebeccazone7 08/09/2021

    I love the shape of the clay pots and the antique pedestal. Great idea for the grate on top of pond...I have a real fear of raccoons..hopefully that is enough to deter them. Combinations of plants simple and gorgeous, I hope your friend gets to see the pics...

  2. btucker9675 08/09/2021

    Dana's garden is splendiferous! The plantings, garden art and Hadley all combine to make a perfect place. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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    treasuresmom 08/09/2021

    Amazing! Packed with beauty.

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    simplesue 08/09/2021

    I'm really happy that Fine Gardening Magazine shared Dana's garden with all the gardeners here! Her garden has been an inspiration to me as I work on creating a new garden- since we moved and left behind our old garden.

  5. Mashabear21 08/26/2021

    It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought. | Boston Deck Pros

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      simplesue 03/06/2022

      I like that garden quote!

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    simplesue 03/10/2024

    Sadly my neighbor Dana had to move and leave her house & garden ..dementia robbed her of her memory. She was a wonderful woman, a great cook, a great gardener and an inspiration to all of us fellow gardeners. She is missed.

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