Why I became a rock gardener
A new rock gardener succumbs to the appeal of tiny plants.
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I agree with her. I like to see the whole plant, on the tiniest scale. There is something very intriguing about this.Skip to next paragraph
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A different perspective
Bobby Ward says:
Whether growing rock garden plants in a raised bed, trough, wall, or berm, I am required to get up close and personal, thereby learning details about rock garden flowers, seed, and leaves that might otherwise go unnoticed by me.
For me, the rock garden is my favorite part of the garden because if demands focus and attention to detail that I overlook in other plants in other parts of the garden.
His talk, entitled "Colorado Cousins," was about his journey with the NARGS annual meeting in Colorado during the summer of 2010.
Even though I didn't realize it at the time, he dumbed down his talk to my group, but that was OK, for it was still over most of our heads. But I was enamored by the plants growing at what would appear to be against all odds.
After I made my announcement that I was going to become a rock gardener, other friends wrote to say they were not surprised since, as Elizabeth Lawrence further wrote, "All gardeners become rock gardeners if they garden long enough."
This is not to say I will no longer garden for wildlife; I will. And I do love large, lusty blooms, the bigger the better. But, for now, I’ve carved out one area of Helen's Haven and made a rock garden.
I'll post about my new rock garden as I progress. If I start to sound a wee bit snobby, just know that I'm succeeding.
Helen Yoest lives in North Carolina and writes about Gardening With Confidence. She's a garden writer, speaker, and garden coach. She's also a field editor for Better Homes and Gardens and Country Gardens magazines and serves on the board of advisors for the JC Raulston Arboretum. You can follow Helen on Twitter and Facebook. To read more by Helen here at Diggin' It, click here.