“Gardening enables members of Garden Clubs across the nation and the world to make a world of difference in the communities where they reside and work.”
On our final tour day, we begin with a visit to Jan’s garden. Jan appreciates her garden most when she sits on her porch in the summer. Her garden invites birds, butterflies, chipmunks and more – and they all provide enjoyment. Neatly terraced steps with spikes of salvia beckon you further into the garden. A bed with hosta and phlox frames the back of the house. Drifts of yellow flowers almost float in the air and provide contrast to the dark green of the woods.
Although we visited mostly flower gardens this week, we cannot forget about the fun of vegetable gardens. NJ has one. It consists of two 4×8 raised beds, a 2×8 elevated bed and several containers. Tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, scallions in the first, beans, cucumbers, lettuce, squash in the second, radishes, swiss chard, and carrots in the third. There are red geraniums on a red hook for show and practical marigolds and sunflowers to attract beneficial insects. There is even a bench for sitting with a glass of wine in the evening to observe the garden’s progress.
Thanks for visiting today’s gardens and for celebrating National Garden Week with us. Happy gardening!
“Gardening promotes a healthy lifestyle that lasts a lifetime, helps reduce stress from other areas of our life, teaches that rewards can come from diligent efforts…”
Today let us start our tour with Kathy’s garden. Showy clematis complement the vibrant mountain pinks. And look at that rhododendron in the same hue. But yellow peonies and cushion spurge are like sunshine itself.
Marie is one of our newest club members. Her early spring garden provides bright yellow and purple with daffodils and hyacinth. A four-legged friend poses in front of the lilac. And a pink azalea makes a statement.
“Gardening furnishes a challenging and productive activity for our citizens, for those just learning as well as those having years of experience…”
We start today’s tour with a visit to Sheila’s garden. Sheila has confessed a fascination with irises, and these two are just a sampling. There is much color and texture in Sheila’s garden. Pink weigela abounds and is beautiful in bloom. That pink creeping phlox in the rock crevice is both determined and gorgeous. And who would have thought this hot orange flower is called an ice plant.
Next up is Jeanne’s garden. Jeanne is a whiz with shady spots. You can be, too. Lots of plants are happy to live in shade. Here, candelabra primulas thrive near a shady brook. Hostas and aquilegia are happy in shade under the deck. But all is not shade in Jeanne’s garden. Irises are quite happy in these sunny spots.
“Gardeners work to preserve our country’s traditional spirit of independence and initiative through innovation and hard work…”
For today’s tour, let us begin with Laura’s garden. The daffodils were first on the scene in her garden. What a bright display. But not to be outdone, the roses are stealing the show. Tucked against a wall, the peonies are nothing at all like wallflowers. And a concrete basket of pink geraniums in a corner bed filled with salvia and peonies is an inviting area filled with color.
Next up, we visit Leo’s garden which was bedecked this spring with an array of colors from his many azalea and rhododendron shrubs. Leo likes to make use of rock formations within the garden. They add a great structural element. And what can one say about those hostas! This was just a sampling of his many varieties.
“Gardeners seek to add beauty, splendor, fragrance and nutrition to our lives through the growing of herbs, vegetables, foliage and flowers…”
Today we will visit Joanne’s garden. Joanne is the classic avid gardener with a true gardener’s eye and skill. Look how just a few plants can dress up a functional shed. Aren’t those shoes a creative addition? Joanne loves to get into the patriotic mood and makes sure that her plants do, too. She combines red bee balm, white feverfew, and blue hydrangea to get the right effect. With Japanese ghost ferns, a graceful Japanese maple, and a lovely stone lantern, a corner of the garden has a ‘Zen’ atmosphere. Succulents find a home next to a wall. Cascading syringa ‘bridal veil’ does justice to its name. And a closeup of a lace cap hydrangea bloom is stunning.
“Gardeners have a passion for nurturing the beauty and resources of the earth through the planting of seeds, the care of all plants and the riches of their efforts…”
In a beautifully worded proclamation that begins with the above statement, the National Garden Clubs designates June 6 through June 12 as National Garden Week. The proclamation calls out and acknowledges the importance of gardening and the wonderful contributions that all gardeners make.
The Garden Club of Brookfield invites you to join with them as they celebrate this week. Each day we will post a few photos (a ‘virtual tour’) to give you a glimpse of our gardens, both civic and personal. We hope our posts will bring some joy to your week and encourage you to experiment with your own gardens.
Today we will start our tour with photos from the Museum Garden located at the intersection of Routes 133 and 25. This is one of the several civic gardens that club members care for in town. This spring the garden received a new sign to welcome visitors to the space. The gazebo was proudly dressed for this Memorial Day. Iris, Gas Plant, Lamb’s Ear, Artemisia, and Thyme are just some of the many plants that you will see in this garden. If you get there in person, settle yourself on a bench and take it all in.
Happy National Garden Week.
Now get out there and garden!
PS: We would also like to thank the Brookfield Library for recognizing this week with a special topic table dedicated to gardens and gardening. Check out the display and the books the librarians have recommended.
As part of its mission, the Garden Club of Brookfield supports the maintenance of several gardens in town. Throughout the growing season you have likely seen our members raking, weeding, trimming, and planting the flower beds and borders. The club is pleased to have recently completed a project to design, make and install signs in each of those civic gardens – helping make our presence known. Our logo – a thistle – is prominently displayed in the center of the sign indicating the club name.