Submitted by our very own Lisa Grady
This past week, along with other members of the Stowe Garden Club, I went to Evergreen Gardens in Waterbury to learn about “container gardening”. Sitting outside under threatening skies, owner Carol MacLeod demonstrated how to artfully put together “chillers”, “spillers” and “thrillers” to create a dramatic effect with annuals or perennials in pots.
Did you know that in addition to running her daily business at the garden center, Carol designs colorful containers for area businesses (Ben & Jerry’s, Stowe Mountain Resort) as well as landscape design for residential homes?
When I moved to Stowe, I left behind an acre of gardens that I had cultivated for eight years. It was my creative outlet as well as therapy, and I was at a loss to find my joy in a tiny townhouse garden.
Now, 4 years later, I finally get it. If challenged horizontally (and believe me, I’ve packed a lot of perennials into my 16′ long x 8′ wide space) you go vertical! Deck space encourages interesting color and groupings and a tall, two-story expanse of concrete that is warmed by afternoon sun is just begging for morning glories and other climbers. Even vegetable growing can be accomplished.
How about a tomato and herb container on your kitchen deck? There’s lots of inspiration out there, you just have to be open to looking for it through books, lectures and friends who love to dish the dirt.