There are but 10 annual plantings left to go this season-I am very happy to be on the far side of what is the most intensely felt and most rigorously engaging part of my gardening year. I did have a client tell me yesterday that it was too late for me to plant herb pots for them. For Pete’s sake, I told him, the first day of summer is ten days away. I am trying myself to keep that in mind-my pots at home are barely half done. In the cracks between the days, I have been organizing our 4th annual garden tour to benefit the Greening of Detroit. The fabulous garden pictured above is but one of 7 gardens on tour this year. Please save the date – Sunday, July 17, from 9 to 4:30.
The Greening of Detroit has been actrively involved in the reforestation of my city for the past 21 years. I greatly admire their focus, and their results. In recent years, they have sponsored over 600 urban farms. They teach. They never give in or give out. I am in awe of what they have been able to accomplish; I even more admire their dreams. It is my simple intent to provide my clients with a landscape better than they thought they could have it. It is even more important to me that they experience and engage with their environment in a successful way. I sit on the board of the Greening, but I am not much good with meetings. The only way really for me to help them is to try to raise money in support of their programs. The landscapes and gardens are of my design, or influence. One landscape was designed and planted from scratch 15 years ago. Another was designed and planted from scratch last year. Some gardens are renovations. One garden has but one connection to me; his mother is one of my oldest and best clients. His garden is solely of his own making-and beautifully made at that. You won’t want to miss it.
My garden is on tour, as usual. I tinker with it often enough every year that there is always something new to see. At least people do not seem to get bored with it. Another member of my group has graciously agreed to put his garden on tour-my landscape superintendent. This garden goes far beyond a design and installation. Almost everything in his garden has been handmade by him. A beautiful privacy fence and pergola. A fountain. A terrace of handmade concrete tiles. Anyone with an interest in creating a gorgeous garden space with their own two hands will find a lot to look at here.
The 7 gardens are uniquely styled. I would say my garden is very traditional and formal. There is a very contemporary garden, and a traditional garden with contemporary overtones. There is a classic French influenced English garden and a cottage style garden. A 1970’s modern garden on a large piece of property is in contrast to a small, intimate and uniquely styled garden. Many points of view are persuasively represented.
I am hoping that if you live in this area, you will join us for the tour, and the afterglow reception at Detroit Garden Works. In return for your contribution to the Greening of Detroit, we promise an exciting day of touring gardens, and great gin and tonics at the close.
For more information, see our cruise website: www.thegardencruise.org