The first home we visited had a beautiful terraced garden overlooking the nearby marshland and shoreline. The owner grew a wide variety of herbs, vegetables, flowers and fruit. What I loved most about this garden was its informality. Straight lines were forgone in favor of winding paths that led from one irregular planting bed to the next. Plants of all sorts, whether it be wild or cultivated, ornamental or edible, were allowed to mingle and grow amongst one another.
business. Unlike the first garden, this one felt much more formal and organized, which I can also appreciate. The pea stone, flat beach rocks and ornamental grass mixed together wonderfully to create a simple yet beautiful landscape - all the more appropriate when you consider that the beach was 100 ft beyond the back garden gate.
The Glades. After navigating through long stretches of gravel road, we reached a clearing that offered some of the most spectacular views of Minot Lighthouse and the Atlantic. The small garden was situated on what looked like an old homestead, as evidenced by the out buildings and animal stalls. I couldn't help thinking that we were visiting a place that had its fair share of local history and folklore.
The vegetable garden itself was fairly modest, but impressive nonetheless. I could tell that it was being tended to by someone who'd been gardening for a very long time. I can appreciate the informal teepee trellises that were erected for the pole beans.
The California poppies, which grew along the garden fence, were quite stunning as well. The owner direct seeded them this past spring. I made a mental note to order some seeds for next year.
We left the tour inspired and excited to integrate some of what we'd learn into our own gardens. It felt nice to chat with other gardeners, and along the way, meet local folks who share a common interest in such things as gardening, good food, animal welfare and sustainability. Gardening can feel like such a solitary vocation at times, which is actually one of the things I love most about it. On the other hand, sometimes you just have to walk beyond your own garden gate and explore the community around you. You'd be amazed by what you might find.