Members share their dream-garden fantasies
I would love a Japanese garden and a koi pond with a relaxing waterfall and dashes of annual color. Over to the side, I would love raised vegetable beds and a fantastic compost pile.
Paula Robertson, Ruckersville, VA
Ever since I read The Secret Garden in elementary school, that has been my dream garden a hidden space lush with trees and vines and flowers, where an introverted child or a harried adult could take refuge from the mad, mad world.
Cynthia Davis, Flagstaff, AZ
Easy and magical
My dream garden would look effortless and magical. It would inspire those who look upon it. I love to pair mints and cosmos, match ferns with delicate yellows, and use bold color contrasts.
Heather Kishineff, American Canyon, CA
I love the textures and colors of native plants. My dream garden involves transforming a half acre of nothing but weeds and clay into a lush meadow of native plants, and then watching insects and wildlife move into it.
Cherie Craddock, Wilton, CA
No weeds, no bad bugs, gentle rain when needed, no wind storms, and everything looks like pictures from a catalog.
Donna McNicholas, Holton, KS
My dream garden would have deep, soft soil and compost at least a foot deep on top of the native soil, with a compost bin next to my heated greenhouse.
Paul Olkowski, Philadelphia, PA
Describe your ideal-world, unlimited-budget garden: Comment below!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 10:59 AM
I dream of a backyard waterfall softly falling into a pond with goldfish!Our back wooded area cleaned out of weeds and turned into a bird and nature walk with benches to stop and enjoy, mabe read a book,escape from the hustle of the day!
Friday, December 14, 2012 11:21 PM
My dream garden is a cottage style garden with a casual walk way theat weaves in and out of flowers shrubs and trees that are always in bloom and free of compromises...a bench here and a lounge chair there under the tree....a swing over by the pond with koi and goldfish swimming and the gentle sounds of water trickling down. A place I can't wait to get home to and plant just one more flower or shrub or tree. A place where family and friends can come and enjoy the beauty and simplicity of life.
Thursday, January 09, 2014 6:19 AM
I would love to have a garden free of fire-ants, cutter ants, gophers and feral hogs. ah, life in south Texas!!
Thursday, January 09, 2014 8:38 AM
Amen, 2theranch! I dream of no damage from wildlife (but still having the wildlife present)!
Thursday, January 09, 2014 7:51 PM
My dream garden would have a water feature at it's center surrounded by raised beds in different shapes containing herbs, roses, perrenials, annuals, and vegatables, all surrounded by shubs, flowering trees and fruit trees mingled in with a variety of colored grasses.
Friday, January 10, 2014 5:13 PM
My garden is almost my dream garden! It has a vegetable area, a compost bin that keeps the compost coming, a beautiful pond, 2 ponds, one flowing into the other, koi and gold fish, lush water plants, native and non native annuals and periennels, a haven for butterflies, hummingbirds and birds. The only thing is that I would dream it to be at least twice as large! I don't have space for hidden rooms and wandering paths.