Susan Wilmoth and Brent Casaday’s garden is a work in progress since they moved in six springs ago — a combination of fruit, veggies, perennials, annuals and the creative challenge of a big old concrete slab. Susan explains, “We call it Life-Long Project Garden and it will never be finished because digging in the dirt is my healing elixir. When we moved in, we seeded the blank-slate borders with flowers that reseed themselves generously. That way, the yard is full of beauty while we slowly replace the filler-flowers with more intentional plantings over the years.” The loss of a big tree last fall brought a wave of change to the back garden as they adapt to more sun (a good problem to have!) and nurture a new tree. Susan aims to have her garden be a gourmet bee-restaurant* and a restorative place for the humans too.
*Note to any visitors: the bee box is currently empty.
To enjoy Susan and Brent’s lovely garden space, register for the 4th Annual Montavilla Gardens Tour — Spring Edition this weekend!
Amy Schutzer is volunteering to open her garden this weekend as part of the Montavilla Gardens Tour. Amy explains, “I’ve been an avid organic gardener for over 30 years, and continue to learn new things every season. I moved into this house almost three years ago. Aside from the foundation planting (rhodies, azaleas), three established red maples, an oak, fir and gorgeous cedar tree, most everything else I’ve added. It’s a big lot, 8,400 feet, with many different areas. I’ve got an organic vegetable area, dwarf conifers, small woodland under the fir, a fun strip of sedums, a found cement sink turned garden, lots of fragrant plants, some medicinal, bee friendly perennials, and much more to do and plant. Two projects I’m working on are establishing a meadow-like garden on the south facing yard and a rain garden along the patio on the north side. It’s a deliberate work in progress, just what a gardener loves.”
To enjoy Amy’s lovely garden space, register for the 4th Annual Montavilla Gardens Tour — Spring Edition this weekend!
Erich Sauer will be on the Spring 2018 Montavilla Gardens Tour. Erich explains about his garden, “Ever since purchasing my home in 2013, I’ve been working to build up my soil, battle endless crabgrass and establish as many native and functional plants in my yard as possible. I use holistic, permaculture and some biodynamic practices to produce happy and healthy veggies, fruits, flowers, herbs and medicinals. My low-budget style of gardening relies on swapping with neighbors, propagating from seed or cuttings, Craigslist’s ‘free stuff’ section, and occasional clearance plant shopping. Last year, my friend Liz moved in and we’ve joined forces to create Wild Magic Gardens, which will be offering year-round plant sales, a CSA, and landscape design and maintenance.”
To enjoy Erich’s lovely garden space, register for the 4th Annual Montavilla Gardens Tour — Spring Edition this weekend!
“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 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!
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.)
It’s time to begin previewing gardens from the upcoming Montavilla Gardens Tour!
Dave 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.)
Gardeners of Montavilla has a vibrant history of organizing summer garden tours in a variety of formats. These tours have become a rich opportunity for neighbors to get inspiration and ideas, glean knowledge and information, and cultivate a sense of community with fellow gardeners.
This year we’re planning two separate garden tours — an early-season tour with an ornamental/native focus, and a late summer tour to show off our community’s abundant edible gardens at the peak of their production. Each garden will be open in a designated order allowing hosts to circulate to the other gardens and enjoy the tour themselves.
To bring this vision to life, we need your help. We need help picking dates and volunteers to join our teams to make these tours happen. And most importantly, we need hosts to open their gardens.
A word about becoming a garden tour host: there’s no need to have a “finished” or well-established garden to be a tour host! Our community is eager to tour gardens in all phases and stages. Montavilla is home to many new gardeners who are only just beginning to explore the world of gardening. Also, each garden will only be shown for a short period to make it a lightweight commitment for our hosts and allow you to go check out the other gardens on the tour. We invite you to take the leap and sign up to be a host — and our event teams will support you with all the logistics!
Please take our quick survey and let us know what you think about dates this year — and please raise your hand for a fun and collaborative team experience! We promise you won’t regret it!
Looking forward to another beautiful growing season together!