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Julie

By: John Degroot
February 18 2017

Julie

Garden Clippings for February 18, 2017

Last week’s Garden Clippings dealt with 10 practical tips to get budding landscape designers on the right track.  This week I am going to suggest that you might toss those suggestions out the window.

                Meet Julie (her real name) who has a flair for design.  Julie is a registered nurse and never took a course or seminar to hone her God given knack for what looks good. 

                Julie is the kind of girl that once came upon an old wood dresser and repurposed it for use in the kitchen.  She and her trusting husband Larry cut off the back half, stripped it, refined it, and fastened it to a knee wall that divided the kitchen from dining area.  A polished wood slab was set on it and the result looks like a million bucks.   And she did it for pennies.

                Julie’s keen eye for design carries through the house and into the backyard.  Just a few years ago, the yard was a typical narrow mid-town lot bordered with a rusty chain link fence.  Today it is a delightful oasis sprinkled with cool plants, nifty garden art, a cedar shed, comfy patio and gravel pathway.

                The best Part of Julie’s garden is that it is Julie’s garden.  Julie won’t ask her landscape architect friend for design advise, and I’ve learned to be careful not to dole it out. Julie’s garden is personal and that’s the beauty of it.  Truth be told, I love Julie’s garden, but I wouldn’t want it in my backyard. 

                More than a few times, Cheryl and I have given Julie a garden gift of sorts, usually a unique perennial or exclusive shrub.  I would wander through her backyard in search of a perfect spot for the gift, but Julie would invariably find her own home for the new piece of horticulture.  Equally perfect. 

                Cheryl and I visit Julie and Larry a few times a year and each time we drop in, we are in for a new treat.  Julie will use an abandoned rocking chair as a trellis to support a clematis, and then switch it out for a brightly painted bicycle with potted sunshine impatiens in it’s rack.  At Halloween, the bike might be replaced with a wagon wheel, to be redecorated again at Christmas with twinkle lights.

                Point is, good design does not have a right or wrong.  That holds true for a haircut as much as a Porche, as much as a pottery bowl and as much as a landscape.  



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