Sophie Lord’s Garden

Sophie says:

“Our vibrant purple house sits on a rather small lot, with three distinct small garden areas. The newest garden is in very early planting/planning stages, and isn’t much to look at (yet!)–it’s a small area on the west side of the house that is being developed as an exclusively native plant garden, as part of our participation in the Audubon Society’s Backyard Habitat Program.

The front garden is a small rocky rain garden, accented with ornamental grasses and shrubs, and the back garden is designed around entertaining and relaxing. It’s a small space with concrete and flagstone patios and a very wide planting border featuring a selection of ornamental trees and shrubs, with an eye to keeping things welcoming to birds and bees. Our neighbors’ impressively well-contained wall of bamboo provides a beautiful backdrop and privacy screen.”

To enjoy Sophie’s lovely garden spaces, register for the 4th Annual Montavilla Gardens Tour – Spring Edition this weekend!



Melissa Burgess’ Garden

33156251_10103900746135386_863089973237121024_nMelissa Burgess describes her garden as still being in its infancy. “One year ago, we had a backyard that had a huge dangerous pine tree hanging over our house and nothing else but a mud pit. We got to work last year to build the backyard of our dreams, including raised beds for food growing, lots of roses for bouquets for our neighbors, a bocce ball court, fire pit, and, of course, a hammock. Everything growing was planted by us within the last year, so everything is still small. There is nothing we love more than working out in the yard and you will see us out there most days! It’s a work in progress but we love it.”

It sure looks like a beautiful outdoor living space has been created! Can’t wait to check this one out during the tour!

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Check out Melissa’s work in progress in person at the spring Montavilla Gardens Tour on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. (Register here to get the details and schedule.)

Dave and Melissa’s Garden

It’s time to begin previewing gardens from the upcoming Montavilla Gardens Tour!

31543078_10214113005912973_5891238414644150272_nDave and Melissa’s front and back yards were all lawn when they moved in, and they’ve been replacing and transforming it for the past two years. They’ve created a mix of natives, edibles (fruit and vegetables), and drought tolerant plants that blend beautifully together. While it’s still a work in progress, they’re very proud of what they’ve accomplished — and rightfully so.

See Dave and Melissa’s oasis for yourself at the spring Gardens Tour on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. (Register here to get the details and schedule.)