I like to garden and get my hands dirty…it can truly be a creative experience – a zen moment.
Although I may garden alone, sharing my garden with friends brings me much joy!
Many of the people I meet, often feel attached to their large yard and this prevents them from downsizing. They may not need their big house but they need their yard!
I’m here to tell you that a garden done well on a small footprint can bring just as much pleasure as a palatial lawn (without all that mowing)!
Here are a few ideas:
That favorite plant you cannot stand to live without – take that heirloom rose with you!
Via Candy Rose
Container gardening is easy and allows you to have your prize plants move with you. Check out this wonderful book for more info and inspiration.
Think living in an urban setting or even a high-rise means you can’t have a garden? No way! Check out what local garden design company, Dig has created on these rooftop vistas!
I am considering adding to my collection of bonsai plants. They offer some flexibility, in that they can live inside or out. The gentle and artistic practice of their pruning can be very meditative.
I will also try (again) ORCHIDS. They need the right light and now are so affordable! It is thrilling to observe their intricate blooms unfold…it’s even better when one lasts a long time!Via marcocappellato
There are community gardens if you prefer to bring the bounty of vegetables home and share with neighbors.
Via Kevin Matteson
and the fall will find you canning and preserving with friends. Yum!
Vertical gardening is all the rage – and why not? – it’s so perfect for small spaces!
Via Jill Clardy
Look for ideas on vertical gardening at restaurants and hotels – a fave is Hotel Modera – be sure to have a glass of wine here as you study the plants!
Of course Oregon is known for all its parks and gardens – really, who needs a backyard when PDX is one!
Speaking of parks…a new secret fave of mine is Foothills Park in Lake Oswego. Since it remains mostly undiscovered, it offers a tranquil, quiet setting with gorgeous views of the Willamette River. Take advantage of the peace now before new docks go in this summer, that are sure to attract boating visitors.
The William Stafford basalt stone sculpture is a must to see, read and weave through…
How do you find your passion of gardening in your downsized space?
OR where do you go to find it? I would love to hear about your ideas and inspiration!
In the meantime to be sure to attend the garden event at The Metropolitan this weekend!
Holly Stickley, from The White Pear will be there sharing her knowledge of urban and container gardening!
(i think there may even be some wine to help the creative juices!)
Have a fabulous weekend!