The Artful Gardener

SWQ Winter 2020

The Artful Gardener
727 Mt. Hope Ave.
Hours: Tues.-Fri. 11:00-6:00; Sat. 10:00-5:00
Garden Design/ Consultation by Appointment
Est. 2010

Not just for gardeners, The Artful Gardener is a combination of Craft Gallery and Garden Design Studio offering an ever-changing selection of Fine Art and Craft, Home Goods, Garden Accents, and Unique Gifts. Several local artists are featured in the shop along with up-cycled/recycled products. Garden design/consultation by appointment.

Tips from the pros:

A well-designed garden can add significant value to your home but beyond that, gardening is a fun and rewarding hobby that can do wonders for your sense of well-being while also having a positive impact on the environment. The art of garden design can take decades to master but here are a few tricks-of-the-trade that can put even the most novice gardener on the path to success.

1. Live with it for a while....If you're new to a home it can take a while to learn how you function within the space; what works and what doesn't work for you. Take the time to observe the sun, wind and water patterns that ultimately affect plant selection.

2. Make a list of your needs and wants. Before you start digging be sure to make a list of the things your family needs and wants from your landscape.Do you want a patio, a veggie garden, a play area,flowers? Once you know what you need and want you can start to explore the possibilities and find the locations that are best suited for the use. Most gardens are installed in stages; you'll save time, money and labor if you follow even a simple plan so you're not re-doing later.

3. Be open to changeask yourself, What If...? What if I had less lawn? What if the approach to the front door were different? What if that shed wasn't there? What if that fence were moved? Nothing in the landscape is permanent; be honest with yourself about what you like and what you're just living with because its there. A world of possibilities open up when you're open to change!

4. Approach the design of your garden the way you might approach the interior of your home. Gardens are rooms connected by hallways too! Each room has a function (play area, dining, veggie plot...) a floor (ground covers, paving...), a ceiling (trees, arbors, canopies...) walls (trees, hedges, fences,shrubs...) and furnishings (furniture, garden ornaments, containers...).

5. Think long-term when you're selecting plants. One of the biggest pitfalls made when selecting and placing trees and shrubs in the garden is not leaving room for them to grow.So many beautiful plants are sentenced to a short life because they are planted too close to a foundation, walk or driveway. Ask a professional at your local garden center for help or look the plant up on-line. How big will it be in 5 or10 years? That cute little evergreen you just brought home won't stay that way for long, even if it is labeled dwarf!

6. Less is more. Start small and build your garden gradually. Pay careful attention to creating good quality soil by adding lots of compost as you go. Avoid spending your time and gardening budget on high-maintenance plants that require primping, pruning, staking or pesticides to look their best. As you learn and gain experience with each success you'll also gain the confidence to implement more of your plan