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Visiting Tom’s Garden

A small garden with a lot of beauty

close up of the garden pond

Tom VonIns is sharing his garden with us today. Tom and his wife started working on making a garden here in 1985. When they started it was mostly dirt with no landscaping whatsoever. As you’ll see, they’ve made a pretty amazing transformation!

garden pond with small waterfall and surrounded by smaller plantsThis pond is really beautiful. The little waterfall adds movement and the sounds of running water. Low-growing perennials line the edge, hiding the line of the pond liner, but they are low enough to not obscure the view of the water.

seating area in the garden with a firepitThis is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the garden. The sail provides shade in hot weather, and the firepit can provide warmth in the cold.

garden bed along a wooden fencePerennials and shrubs edge the lawn, softening the transition to the privacy fence.

close up of the garden pondYou can see that this is an urban garden, but there is a lot of privacy, thanks to the fence and the well-placed trees and shrubs.

table full of newly purchased plants ready for planting in the gardenThis look at the whole garden includes a view of something familiar to all gardeners—a shelf full of potted plants waiting to get planted.


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    treasuresmom 08/31/2022

    Yes, we sure do understand those containers of plants waiting for their homes.

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    simplesue 08/31/2022

    You've created a great space to enjoy all year around!
    The pond...oh wow...I can almost hear the calm sounds of falling water splashing!
    Nice seating around the fire too! Such a pretty garden!

  3. wittyone 08/31/2022

    You've done such a good job of landscaping what was once just empty lawn. I love the pond area the sound must add a nice ambience to the area. Your sail over the fire pit makes such an interesting cover from sun and rain. What sort of material did you use for it?

  4. btucker9675 08/31/2022

    How your friends must love visiting your pretty garden and relax to the sounds of the water feature!

  5. [email protected] 08/31/2022

    Thanks for sharing such a successful landscape, getting so many features in a smaller property. And yes, I have been working so hard to get things into the ground and keep them alive during a hot dry summer and a well pump failure! Fall plant sales are just around the corner, and bargains will surely be found for all of us to find a home for. Nice job, and thanks again.

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