Our garden tour to benefit the Greening of Detroit was a successful event. We sold 278 tickets, for both the tour, and the tour and reception. We raised close to 13,000.00 for the Greening. This may not seem like so much, but over the past 8 years, this amounts to 97,000.00. We have been persistent in our support of them, as well we should. For those of you that are too far away to attend our cruise, there are pictures to follow. That said, I am so pleased that we had gardeners from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona and Washington DC attend our tour. I could not be more pleased about the attendance, the tour-and the fabulous afterglow Rob and his group put on after the tour. To follow are pictures from our tour day.
These clients have shopped at Detroit Garden Works since the first day we went into business 19 years ago. Their landscape is all their own. Their love of color is extraordinary. They have children, to whom they have dedicated a child friendly garden. I so admire their landscape and garden, as they have expressed themselves with great confidence and care. They have a point of view, and they are unabashed about expressing it. Their garden was the subject of much talk-as it should be.
This property belongs to a new client. We rearranged just about every plant they had. We added lots more. Just this spring. We arranged to have a long wall built in the mid ground of the back yard. My crew did an incredible job, making lots of changes. I so treasure these clients. Thy were ready for a change. They studied our ideas, and signed up. A change we did-in short order. The new landscape has great bones. They will decide where they want to go next.
The relationship with this client dates back 20 years. The landscape features many specimen trees that have grown to great size. Like all of the other gardens on the cruise, the landscape is a mix of formal and informal, and beautifully maintained. Though we have redone a few places recently, it is clear that an older landscape, properly planted, ages well.
This landscape of our design took two seasons to install. Our client is an avid gardener. Her love of the garden drove the design. This landscape featured unusual trees, shrubs, and espaliers. Every square foot of this property is devoted to the plants. I was interested that all the plants be part of a beautiful design.
This landscape belongs to clients who have shopped Detroit Garden Works for the last 20 years. The landscape is all of their design. They have the most beautiful collection of fine garden urns we know of in one place-all of which came from our shop. We have consulted on the landscape on occasion. But what you see here is by and large of their own invention. How they invent is extraordinary. We are so pleased to be associated with them.
Our garden cruise this year was all I could ask from a garden tour. A diverse group of gardeners who have a passion for the landscape. Every garden was strikingly different. But every garden spoke to a love for the landscape. Oh yes, they did.