How Does Your Garden Grow?

Since we're in the market for a house, the term "garden" has been used over and over and over.  One of our must-haves is a yard big enough to plant a vegetable garden in.  We're both overly excited of the prospects of being able to go out back to pick some herbs and veggies for dinner (which we realize will be far off, but it's still fun for us to envision) that we've taken the time to grow and care for.  But not only would I love to have a vegetable garden - I would love to have an abundance of plants and flowers growing everywhere!  The climate down there certainly is friendly enough for it.

Landscape artist Joseph Marek and his partner John Bernatz worked together to create this dreamy, small-scale garden in California ::

Roger Griffith's home a few hours outside of New York City offers an abundance of fruits, vegetables and flowers on his gorgeous property with a mountain view.  I'm totally saving both of these spaces as inspiration for us.  We've got a lot to learn but we are both 100% willing.

How many of you have gardens?  I know a lot of you do, which inspires me and gives me tons to look forward to.  I can't wait!

Gardens 1 & 2 via Martha Stewart


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sami chu. April 26, 2011 at 11:43 AM  

omg, i love the idea of having a veggie garden. when nick and i moved into our apt, we asked if we could take a small patch of land to garden, but then going through the book- it looked so confusing! good luck!

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Jenny April 26, 2011 at 11:46 AM  

I have a veggie garden and am really excited for it this year! we even grew the plants from seed. we will put them in the ground this coming weekend or next! The chance of frost will be gone by then. :)

Gloria April 26, 2011 at 12:36 PM  

oh my goodness, total paradise!! i'm sooo envious of people who grow their own veggies. with my blackthumb, i'll never be able to run out into my garden to pick a few tomatoes - curses!

Brandi {not your average ordinary} April 26, 2011 at 12:37 PM  

I'm in an apartment in a big city right now, so no garden for me at the moment. But when I finally get a backyard, I'll have a splendid one. Until then, I can dream -- and these photos help with that.

Krystal April 26, 2011 at 1:20 PM  

oh wow, i would love an area like that!!

stephanie April 26, 2011 at 1:23 PM  

This is my year for veggies. I'm super excited. I'm actually in the process right now of sorting out how big I want my raised beds to be and how big my compost bins are going to be. It's so exciting.

la petite coquine April 26, 2011 at 1:23 PM  

These gardens have knocked me off my feet-swoon!

My parents have a large yard and what seems like an even bigger vegetable garden-during the spring and summer, we never buy produce (and we eat lots of canned or frozen veggies from our yard during the fall and winter)! I wish I'd gotten my mom's green thumb, but my guess is that if we're going to have a garden, it'll be all John's doing!

Erika Lee Sears April 26, 2011 at 2:05 PM  

I wish I could garden but maybe I don't have the patience . I do love the joy of enjoying a beautiful yard/garden.

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION April 26, 2011 at 2:21 PM  

I would love to have a garden to grow my own veggies and herbs! Some of those gardens are just picturesque! xo

Ruby Girl April 26, 2011 at 2:26 PM  

wow, gorgeous gardens! love them. a little intimidating to think of actually doing that, but really inspiring mostly. <3

jillian :: cornflake dreams. April 26, 2011 at 2:39 PM  

these are gorgeous photos! i just sent them over to my fiance.. he is the plant man in our place. we both dream of having a garden but right now we're working with a lot of potted plants and some herbs. our dill and mint is growing. i draem of having a vegetable garden someday too :) xoxo jillian

Signe April 26, 2011 at 3:34 PM  

We don't have a garden, but looking at these I sure wish we did!


Johanna April 26, 2011 at 4:33 PM  

I really wish I had a garden. Some things are hard to come by in the city. Love these images.

Ashleigh April 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM  

I also dream of a glorious garden someday. Every time I buy a red pepper at $2.99 each I think about it even more!!

Sylvia April 26, 2011 at 6:23 PM  

oh, how i wish i had a garden, too! there is a stunning one in my neighborhood that makes me green with envy everytime i walk past it. i'll need to snap some pictures to share with you because it's really great!

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Jess April 26, 2011 at 6:31 PM  

I love all these garden ideas! We just bought our house in October, and we are working on renovating the yard! Sounds like you have some exciting house prospects!

***My tip.... when house hunting, at least for us is, it's kind of like falling in love: when you know its right, you know it's right!

Courtney Erin April 26, 2011 at 6:42 PM  

These are so beautiful! I wish I had access to a garden space - it seems like the most perfect spot to spend an afternoon in with a good book.

xoxo ~ Courtney

Lindsay [rookie's nest] April 26, 2011 at 7:26 PM  

these photos are great - we are currently preparing to tear up our yard full of big square cement patio stones and trade them for a flagstone path and perennials. i am absolutely stoked at the idea and cannot wait. a veggie garden would also be amazing! be sure to post pics if you ever get around to yours & i'll do the same xo

shellie April 26, 2011 at 8:15 PM  

i love the the pictures you posted. you will definitely have fun planting a garden. i know i love mine. we grow herbs year round and have several citrus trees. i am looking forward to our summer herb and heirloom tomato garden too...but right now our yard looks like hell...

M April 26, 2011 at 8:27 PM  

i love gardens. We are also looking for a house and a yard big enough for a garden!

Julie {love, julie} April 26, 2011 at 8:57 PM  

This is a dream! I cannot wait to go house hunting for a house with room for everything green!!

Kimia Kline April 26, 2011 at 9:01 PM  

yes to gardens!!! that was the number 1 reason we chose our current place--a giaaant flower garden in the back with a cherry and plum tree. makes waking up so magical.

Becca [Free Honey] April 26, 2011 at 10:04 PM  

Oh my I'm so jealous. I've been reading way too many interior design blogs lately. I've been dreaming of a big house with a garden, but here I am in San Francisco barely able to afford a studio apartment!! Oh the irony.

rachel April 26, 2011 at 11:44 PM  

these photos are so perfect... I can't wait for the day when I can spend the afternoon tending to my own garden.

natasha {schue love} April 27, 2011 at 12:05 AM  

Oooo lovely gardens...I'm looking forward to spring showing up and getting to work outdoors! :)

audrey marie April 27, 2011 at 12:36 AM  

i want a garden so badly. sadly, in the city all we have room for are a couple of potted herbs :(

Monique April 27, 2011 at 5:08 AM  

Lovely photos!
Monique xx

bobbi April 27, 2011 at 5:31 AM  

I have a garden and I grow some vegetables in it. Every year I grow more and more, and it's always fun. Plus, the food is excellent!
I hope you can find the perfect garden for you two!

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick April 27, 2011 at 6:26 AM  

I would love a great garden but I rent so I choose not to.

ashley nicole catherine April 27, 2011 at 10:12 AM  

i would lovelove a garden! veggies + flowers in all different colors and varities.

good luck with yours! let us know how it's going!!


Juliet April 27, 2011 at 11:00 AM  

Beautiful pictures :) I have a 'veggie window sill' which isn't the best! A garden is high on my list of priorities too.
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Tiffany from HOLIDAY April 27, 2011 at 4:48 PM  

what perfect escapes these would be! we've been in our house for 1 year now and you'd think the front yard would have been our first priority but it wasn't...we really focused on getting the backyard looking good, planted a veggie garden, etc. so happy we did! i keep herbs in pots and it really is wonderful to pick your own basil, mint, etc. instead of overpaying for it at the store and then only using a little of it before it goes bad. so i wish you luck putting your perfect yard/garden together one day soon! xo

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