It’s tough to get out and see them all, as my garden is one of them and I’m tied up here on Thursdays. There are a few I’ve been trying to get to for years, and this is one of them.
I’ve known Barbara as an acquaintance for a few years. She’s a master gardener and attends many garden-oriented events GBN hosts, as well as volunteers for many more. But I’d never gotten to her garden for Open Gardens. What a mistake that was!
The only word that comes to mind is “exquisite.”
She has many collections of plants – most notably dwarf conifers and clematis. I was there in August, the profusion of clematis was past, but many were still in bloom. There were dozens and dozens of different varieties.
It was exquisite in every way – by its collections, obvious care, record-keeping, and on top of all that, it is a Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Bird-Friendly Habitat certified by the National Wildlife Federation.
If you do go next July, don’t let the neighborhood fool you. It looks like a cozy suburban neighborhood with typical suburban plantings – pleasant beds of shrubs and perennials hugging houses and surrounding the occasional island bed. The Evans garden is a delightful surprise.
And here is their very clever fountain involving a buried tub, small grate, water pump and a hole drilled through a rock. Good way to have a water feature without standing water.