There's much to see here. So, take your time, enjoy our member gardens tour, and explore the websites, books and other bits of information found and shared by our garden club members.
Each month our club will feature a member's garden. These gardens are diverse and each has a story to tell. Enjoy the bio and slideshow!
Sherri joined the club many years ago but her life of gardening has roots dating back to her childhood. Her mother was a florist and had always kept a garden so she grew up around plants and flowers. Sherri herself has been gardening for more than forty years.
Not only has Sherri cared for her gardens she also lived for a time on San Juan Island and started their first community garden. Another accomplishment in her life was writing a gardening column for the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Today Sherri’s garden houses a large collection of container plantings as well as more permanent prized shrubs. A large lilac was started as a seedling received from a neighbor. Also, the featured pussywillow pruned and maintained as a tree was started from a small seedling. She has a couple of clematis vines that creep around the garden plus one that reaches into nearby azalea and rhododendron shrubs.
Container plants are a mix of shrubs, perennials, and trees. One maple tree that died has been kept as a perch for birds when they visit the garden, which is frequently. Hummingbirds also visit her garden regularly. Sherri also grows some vegetables including tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, and red bell peppers.
Her front yard faces north and is home to ferns, astilbe and hosta plants. Care is taken to make sure plantings are grown in the right conditions to flourish.
The photos in the slideshow were taken by fellow garden club member Mike C. Sherri’s husband Dennis H is shown along with Mike’s Springer Spaniel ‘Tu’.
Kian S shared this link. It's a great website for exploring fun and informational garden videos. Explore the Chelsea Garden Show, for example. Or a video on A to Z gardening. If you're into cooking or documentaries there are many more videos to explore. Click here: hdclump
Dorthy Massey gave a presentation at one of our club meetings about solutions to garden problems. Members also asked questions and she answered. On our Members Only page we've included a handout but the public can view her YouTube channel or check out her Facebook page. Thank you Libby A for sharing this.
One of our favorite local gems is Karen Chapman of Le Jardinet Designs. She's a garden designer, speaker, teacher and author. Check out her website, Le Jardinet Designs and make sure you take a peek at her blog while you're there. Karen's three information packed books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Monty Don OBE is a British gardener and presenter of the long running gardening show Gardening World (which is available via YouTube or HD Clump).
Piet Oudolf is the designer of the famous High Line Garden in NY and the Lurie in Chicago. He is famous for naturalistic gardening plantings. His website showcases pictures of the famous gardens all over the world that he has designed.
Margaret Roach’s website has useful interviews with various gardening experts in the US, useful gardening tips. She does however garden in upstate NY, so climate is more extreme than ours.