Garden Show-off: 3 Great Gardeners Show us their Gardens

One of the great things about gardening is that there is always more to see and learn. Let’s take a look at what three great gardeners have to teach us.

  1. Garden Wisdom in a Small Space.

    Seasonal Wisdom for Bridgman-Garden ShowOff-vegetables and flowers

    Who says you can’t have it all? Not Teresa O’Connor, who combines “Old-fashioned roses, wildflowers and edibles of all type in this small suburban garden.” Self-seeding poppies, calendula, chamomile, and four-o’clocks fill every empty space in this lush garden overflowing with food and flowers.

    Seasonal Wisdom for Bridgman-Garden ShowOff-raised beds

    Walking along tidy paths of gravel and bark mulch, the visitor encounters dense ground covers, colourful annuals, and a raised bed brimming with broccoli. Native plants, historic herbs, and heirloom vegetables come together in this creative cottage garden. Even with all these plantings there’s still space for a small manicured lawn and a handsome brazier.

    Seasonal Wisdom for Bridgman-Garden ShowOff-roses,lavender and more

    Check Teresa’s website, Seasonal Wisdom, for more Gardening, Food and Folklore.

  2. Year-round Splendour of Home Garden

    Clare Foster for Bridgman-Garden ShowOff-front garden

    Don’t be afraid to grow oversized perennials and grasses in small spaces, says the creator of a gracious cottage garden. Clare FosterHouse & Garden editor,  even leaves the gigantic seed heads of Phlomis russeliana, Calagrostis x acutiflor ‘Karl Foerster’ and Salvia ‘Mainacht’ in place until spring to create dynamic winter interest.

    Clare Foster for Bridgman-Garden ShowOff-Working and sitting corner

    Against the backdrop of the brick house, a small greenhouse for growing seedlings and a café table and chairs form the working and sitting corner of this home garden.

    Clare Foster for Bridgman-Garden ShowOff-view across the garden

    Whilst the natural feel of the garden appears spontaneous, it is actually the result of careful planning of beds, paths, and plantings. In the gardener’s own words, “I sketched out the design myself on a piece of paper and spent hours doing a planting plan.” By allowing the original plantings to re-seed and spread, Clare Foster has given birth to colourful combinations that attest to thoughtful plant selections and confident horticultural skills.

    Clare Foster for Bridgman-Garden ShowOff-flower combo

    Clare also runs a blog called An alphabet of Annuals  . Check it for further advice and inspiration.

  3. Meadow and Gardens of a Country Homestead

    1-Bren Haas for Bridgman Garden ShowOff-front garden view

    The serene meadow and varied gardens make good use of the generous spaces of this country homestead. A majestic weeping willow and colourful hydrangeas frame an expansive lawn whilst climbing roses scramble over greenhouse and pergola.

    2-Bren Haas for Bridgman Garden ShowOff-swing shaded by roses

    A neat vegetable plot produces more food than one might expect. A pea fence is carefully placed at one end so it does not shade the shorter plants in the rectangular bed. Gardener Bren Hass says, “Much time is spent in the veggie garden,” and it shows! The only problem is that there is so much gardening to do in summer there’s not enough time to spend relaxing in the delightful swing.

    3-Bren Haas for Bridgman Garden ShowOff-Climbing Peace Rose

    Bren is especially proud of the climbing ‘Peace’ rose. The stunning display of pink-blushed yellow blooms belies the plant’s humble beginnings at the local grocery where it was purchased. The ‘Peace’ rose has an interesting history: Developed by a French horticulturist between 1935 and 1939, this hybrid tea rose was officially given its name on the day that marked the end of World War II in Europe. But like Bren does, we should plant things in our garden landscape by colour and size, not name or history.

    4-Bren Haas for Bridgman Garden ShowOff-succulents
    Last but not least, the succulents in Bren’s greenhouse which love Ohio’s high temperature.

    Bren runs one of my favourite country living & gardening websites, .

You don’t have to be a famous gardener to have great gardening ideas. Think about what other gardeners can learn from your garden and Don’t Forget! You are welcome to share your ideas and photos of your garden with us.


  1. Renaldo -

    Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and
    I will be waiting for your next post thanks once again.

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