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Quote of the Day: Monty Don

May 6th, 2018

“I would not want any garden of mine to be like anyone else’s any more than I would not want my bedroom to be like a hotel room. I increasingly long for the personal and the idiosyncratic. I want as much as possible to be handmade, one-off and distinctive. I like gardens that have their own accent and their own rules, and are ruck in dreams and memories that everyone can share but no one can replicate.”

-Monty Don in Down to Earth

As I finally am approaching the point where I can start making this garden my own, adding plants, hedges, sheds, greenhouses, and other things, I find myself constantly thinking about what would look good, what would work for my gardening styles, what works with the climate.

I have grand plans of soft fruit gardens, a hazel copse, a woodland garden, a spring garden and a parterre potager. Big plans, but I often thinks it’s better to dream big and size them down that to not dream big enough.

What are you big plans for your future garden?

One Comment to “Quote of the Day: Monty Don”
  1. Nebraska Dave on May 6, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Susy, I am kind of at my limit for garden planning. It’s not that I don’t have the room to expand with special area gardens but time and energy are becoming an issue. Perhaps in the future when family responsibilities are reduced, I can once again dream big but for now, it’s maintain and manage. I’m content with that for right now. The dream would be to have a shed at Terra Nova Gardens with a patio area and flower boxes around the shed. But like I said that’s perhaps some years down the road.

    Have a great big garden dream day.

    Nebraska Dave

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