Posts Tagged ‘Garden Bloggers Fling’

Repurposing Chain Link Fences at Wamboldtopia

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Back from the Garden Blogger’s Fling in Asheville, North Carolina; great gardens in a beautiful setting.  I saw way too much to try and put into one overview, so I’m going to highlight ideas that I got from several of the places that inspired me in a short series of posts.

Wamboldtopia is the creation of Damaris and Ricki Pierce.  Besides being gardeners, Damaris is an artist, artoflife.com and Ricki a stone mason, RockPirate.com.  Their entire garden impressed me, but the converted chain link fence caught my attention as I also have chain link fence around my yard and have been thinking of ways to utilize its structure to provide support for something completely different.

Chain link fence with concrete coating

The ordinary chain link fence, transformed at Wamboldtopia.

Damaris told me that she used concrete, but that adobe would also work in the appropriate setting.

Plants on converted chain link fence

Some of the original chain link fence is left uncovered as a window and plant support.

er metal mesh is attached to the chain link fence to provide support for the concrete.

A tighter metal mesh is attached to the chain link fence to provide support for the concrete.

Stained concrete, bricks and other adornments on converted fence

Stained concrete, bricks and other adornments.

 

Another Spring, Another Fling

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Okay, so it’s summer, but summer doesn’t rhyme with fling.

For the past four years, a group of garden bloggers has met up each spring or summer in a different part of the country. I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of attending all four Garden Bloggers Flings, and this year it was held in Seattle. The weather cooperated beautifully, and we were treated to sunny days every day except one. Over the course of four days, we visited a number of gardens, both public and private. Here are just a few of the photos I took.

The garden of Suzette and Jim Birrell was a great mix of edibles and ornamentals. You can tell that they really love color.

The Prettiest Garden Shed I've Ever Seen

Gorgeous Swiss Chard

Just next door was Shelagh Tucker’s garden, where I may or may not have snitched a raspberry from the backyard.

Garden of Shelagh Tucker

I didn’t really get a great shot of Michelle and Christoper Epping’s rather amazing garden, but I did get a few decent shots of the rather amazing view (actually, there are several views).

Pictures of People Taking Pictures

In the Olmstead brothers designed Dunn Gardens, I spied this funky old moss-covered shed. I like the tree branch “antlers”.

Hidden Shed in the Dunn Gardens

During our trip to West Seattle, we visited the garden of one of Seattle Fling’s organizers, Lorene Edwards Forkner.

Lorene Edwards Forkner's "Urban Hillbilly Chic" Garden

On the last day of the trip, we were treated to the weather one expects on a trip to the Pacific Northwest. There was a good bit of rain, and even a little lightning and thunder. I didn’t really mind though, because that day we visited the Bloedel Reserve. The rain kept me from taking too many pictures, which is fine, because I’d rather just take a walk in the woods and enjoy myself. Besides, you don’t get moss like this without a bit of rain.

Moss Garden at the Bloedel Reserve

In all, it was a fantastic trip. It was great to see old friends and make new ones. I can’t wrap up without thanking the tireless organizers of the trip Lorene Edwards Forkner, Marty Wingate, Debra Prinzing, and Mary Ann Newcomer. Often on trips like this one, things don’t always run as smoothly as they’re supposed to, but if they didn’t, I never noticed. I was truly impressed with how well everything was put together.

Next year’s Fling will be in Asheville, NC, and I’m already excited!