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Garden Envy

Garden Envy

In my travels, I visit gardens of all shapes and sizes and take tons of photos.  Always excited to visit my friends’ gardens, attend garden tours and visit local botanical gardens,  I just love to pick up new ideas and think about how I might apply new designs or planting combinations in my own gardens.   I am often as envious as I am inspired.  Here is a collection of some of the gardening ideas I admire:


Teri’s tomatoes were protected from early season hail under the hoops. They are so tall and healthy.



Dale’s potted tomatoes and trellised vegetables. Its a marvel what he accomplishes in a side yard.


My neighbors at Rosedale in 2014, Diane and Johanna Montague, had such a perfectly orderly spring garden. Beautiful!


Christine’s garden was already chock full of produce in late May – garlic, kale, berries, onions, greens, herbs. I loved how she used every square inch and had seedlings growing in egg cartons ready for hot season crops. Easthampton, MA



At Nate and Ashley’s 2013 wedding in New Richmond, WI, the reception was held at a local farm. The little garden next to the house was surrounded by flowers and very organic in it design.


My friend Mary’s squashes were trellised on these cool wooden structures. Hartland, WI. July 2017


Centennial Gardens, University of Wisconsin, Madison. I love the order of this planter although I am realistic enough to know that my plants won’t conform to such order.



I love the idea of a garden right outside the front door. The log Adirondack chairs, prayer flags and hollyhocks in the background all create a lovely vignette. Steamboat Springs Garden Tour, 2013.


Spring Garden with lots of space to grow up. Spinach in the foreground with tomatoes in wall of water. Ute Trails Garden, May 2017



Images of the 2015 Annual Rosedale Community Garden Sale

Images of the 2015 Annual Rosedale Community Garden Sale
Susan MacNicholas is the Sale Coordinator

Susan MacNicholas is the Sale Coordinator

Each summer, Rosedale Community Garden hosts a big harvest and yard sale in late August which is often followed by another harvest sale in late September.   This summer, the two sales were consolidated into one big event on September 19.   The event brings together Rosedale’s large community of gardeners and showcases what we do best — organic vegetables, fresh cut flowers, heirloom garlic, children’s activities, yard sale treasures, bakery, jams and booths featuring jewelry, Earthlinks and local crafts.   Kudos go to this year’s organizer, Susan MacNicholas, for successfully bringing together many diverse elements and people.    What a great day!   The photos I share capture the essence of this beloved community event.

Friday Night Tagging Party

This event enables gardeners to drop off their yard sale items the afternoon/evening before the sale and brings together a team to sort and tag in preparation for the next day.  Having the opportunity to sort through the merchandise, enjoy good company and pizza and beer on a pleasant night in the garden is incentive for many to turn up to help.

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Sale Day

On this brisk sunny autumn morning, the crews started to assemble at 7 and by 9 am, the tables, tents, merchandise and volunteers were all set up and ready for business.   The day was perfect with sunshine and steadily warming temps and a steady stream of neighborhood customers.   By 2 pm, the ARC truck arrived to pick up the spare yard sale items and the the break down crew was busy putting everything away.

Dave Conant, Emeritus leader of Rosedale Garden and founder of our Project Angel Heart donation program.

Dave Conant, Emeritus leader of Rosedale Garden and founder of our Project Angel Heart donation program.

Dave posing next to a hoop house for sale.


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