A Lower-Flower Backyard for the Neighborhood

Hey GPODers!

At present’s submission is one that offers you these warm-and-fuzzy emotions. It began with a message from Elizabeth on behalf of her buddy, Sue:

Hiya, High-quality Gardening. My buddy, Sue Carney, turned her yard into a stunning cut-flower backyard three years in the past. Final yr she gave away 1,000 bouquets of flowers together with countless smiles of enjoyment. For this season, I created and gave Sue a brand new whimsical flower home to replicate Sue’s kindness and love of giving.

Clearly, we couldn’t wait to listen to and see extra. Elizabeth obtained us in contact with Sue, and the story of this fabulous, cut-flower backyard unfolded. Beneath you possibly can see and browse how a easy concept to share flowers changed into an area that connects the group and permits Sue to share her love for gardening with each pleasant face that stops by.

front yard with lawn removed to add gardensThree years in the past I enlarged my backyard to interchange my entrance yard so I may develop flowers to share with others.

colorful roadside stand for free fresh flower bouquets

I noticed this wasn’t a brand new concept as I posted images on Instagram and stumbled upon Steph Hankerson’s flower home, primarily based on the free little library motion. Every day she put out flowers and an outline of the contents of every bouquet.

A buddy constructed an identical home for me, however this yr when it wanted to get replaced, artist Elizabeth Schoonmaker and her husband, John, volunteered. They picked up the flower home, stripped it to the body, and designed and painted a brand new construction that mirrored “my whimsical, interactive, backyard set up.” These have been Beth’s phrases and her mission, and she or he executed it brilliantly. Folks have despatched me messages about with the ability to see its new blue roof from a block away!

the gardener amongst her flowers, holding a bouquet of dahliasFinal yr I used to be capable of give away 1,004 free bouquets to outdated and new associates.

view of flower garden through metal arbor Even after only a fast peek at Sue’s new gardens, you possibly can see that it’s no surprise how she is ready to create so many lovely bouquets. Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta, Zones 3–8), purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–9), and spider flowers (Cleome hassleriana, Zones 3–8) are simply a number of the crops lined in pristine blooms.

large planting of purple larkspurOne other shot reveals the completely spectacular larkspurs (Consolida ajacis, annual) in Sue’s backyard.

close up of spires of purple and pink flowersAn in depth-up shot of the larkspurs reveal their many shades of pink and purple.

Final yr folks visited to stroll via the backyard, share tales about their lives, carry courses from college, and see the various forms of crops from Could till the tip of October.

three bouquets of white, yellow, and pink flowersThis yr I plan to offer one evening tour per week, and hopefully share 1,500 bouquets. In case you are within the West Winfield space, cease by and I provides you with a bouquet on the home.

And in case you don’t have an opportunity to make a visit out to West Winfield, NY, be sure to observe Sue Carney on Instagram: @on.the.home.bouquets and @smcarn. In addition to take a look at Elizabeth’s weblog the place she showcases her numerous garden- and plant-inspired artwork.


Have a backyard you’d wish to share?

Have images to share? We’d like to see your backyard, a specific assortment of crops you’re keen on, or a beautiful backyard you had the prospect to go to!

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