Walking In A Garden Wonderland

A fresh dose of rain on a saturday morning left behind a humid haze.  A flock of floral skirts and festive garden hats set the mood as the Pottawatomie Garden Club members buzzed around greeting and directing the steady stream of guests.  Their hard work showing in everything from the carefully placed seating in the shade, floral arrangements on the tables, and loads of freshly baked goods for the enjoyment of the garden’s observers.  This biennial event featured five gardens to delight, inspire, and raise money for their college scholarship fund for green industry students.

The first garden on the list featured an EverGreen Landscape designed formal garden on a historic St. Charles home.  The front yard looks like a park and used to be mistaken for one before the fence completed the privacy.  The front lawn design allows for a long view that leads the eye directly to the monumental home.

Becca LaBarre

Becca LaBarre

Becca LaBarre

Becca LaBarre

Check out some pictures from two of the other gardens.  One was a in town small garden that used perennial combinations in a cottage garden style.  The colorful pairings really fit the theme of “Kaleidoscope of Garden Color”.

Becca LaBarre

Becca LaBarre

Becca LaBarre

This last garden pictured was a complete project that incorporated several details and tons of visual interest around every corner.  The homeowner worked with several different landscape companies to do the hardscapes, but did much of the plants herself.  I was able to discuss it with her and she explained that she cares more about the texture of how certain plants combine even more than the flowers themselves.  Her favorite combination is a dwarf golden evergreen with pink and green Ajuga surrounding, near her Aquascapes pond.  You can see it to the right in the first picture below

Becca LaBarre

Becca LaBarre

Becca LaBarre

Becca LaBarre

Becca LaBarre

This, my first garden walk of the summer, went well despite the drought conditions.  I enjoyed talking to the Pottawatomie Garden Club members while meeting the comers and goers.  I was even asked to become a member myself.  Maybe some day when I am retired.  I do enjoy hanging out with people who find beauty and joy in a garden.  They tend to be pretty happy people.  It came to my attention how much work this event is for the ladies of the Pottawatomie Garden Club and reminded to be grateful for the scholarships I received from them many years ago as a student.  Somehow at the time I didn’t even think about where the actual money came from.  The full circle realization is that they believe in the work their group accomplishes and the garden walk proves it.

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