Sunday, May 8, 2011

900 Hundred People in My Backyard?

Now for something completely different. 

For the last three months we have (that is I and the Director of Maintenance (DOM)) have been busting our butts to get our garden, Windsor Hill, up to the task of entertaining and pleasing 900 guests for a garden tour by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  This event was the past two days, so sorry for the delay of the usual Friday posting. I, in my role of Director of Construction (DOC),  and the DOM successfully pulled it off. I reveled in the fact that there was a ratio of 10:1 women to men, and the DOM showed off her most spectacular collection of over 250 roses.

We have been part of many garden tours over the years and will continue to do so in the future, it gives us positive feedback for the hard work of building a garden from scratch. This garden was scraped ground twenty years ago, I designed the house and the garden's shapes, the DOM makes it look the way it is. BTW, I stay away from the roses, they  don't like me and I don't like them. They are too sharp and prickly even though beautiful, reminds of some women I know, but not the DOM.

A garden is always in flux, changing, and challenging. Gardening forces even the most ardent environmentalist to realize that trees must be cut down, hard choices must be made, plants need water, and at times, things must be yanked out for the betterment of the whole. Pruning and shearing are as important as planting and mulching.

The garden is a four season party, something exciting is always happening, even in the dead of winter there are flowers. Color is important, flowers are important, sculpture and follies tease, and foliage contrasts are a must. And, I must say with no humility, Windsor Hill displayed herself extremely well for the visitors. The women were thrilled, the men who tagged along were very upset, these tours always produced lists that needed to be completed in their own gardens. But is was spectacular.

Below are some pictures of what Windsor Hill looked like on Friday, enjoy and happy Mother's Day.

Entry Gate
The Piazza

Steps to Perennial Terrace

Upper Perennial Terrace

Perennial Terrace

The Frog's Overlook

Roses and More Roses

The Monstrosity
The Koi Pond

The Fountain - Built for HGTV
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Have a wonderful Mother's Day and 

Stay Tuned . . . .

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