The Studio Garden of Donna Hamilton
Minneapolis GBF - Day 1 - Garden #2
Donna Hamilton transformed a grocery store in the middle of Minneapolis into her studio and, right alongside the bricks and mortar, she created a garden that is overflowing with colour & keeps pollinators very happy.
Donna made the most of every planting opportunity, including the “hellstrip”
...the narrow strip of land between the sidewalk and the street
The best descriptor for this garden is abundant.
I'm all about the zinnias ever since some found their way into my garden this year:
I also adore plants that have interesting buds, such as these balloon flowers (thanks Helen for the ID!):
Balloon flower (Platycodon) bud
|Balloon flower bloom|
Lantana is another favourite for both their interesting, pillow-like buds and beautiful blooms:
I'm a sucker for pots, especially when they are grouped together and overflowing with colour:
I see some parsley and basil tucked in here too
I mentioned in my post on the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden that Blue Wild Indigo kept popping up in the gardens - here it is surrounding a decoratively topped obelisk:
From a distance, the bird almost appears to be flying amongst the indigo
I'm going to find a spot for these in my garden...
I particularly liked how the beds were delineated by using both rocks and a different colour of mulch.
Rocks outline the beds
A birdbath is one other feature that I’m hoping to get into the garden next year:
Look at all those glorious coleus at the base of the birdbath
I truly loved this garden - it was informal, yet organized - something I aspire to in my own garden.
Our next stop: Lyndale Park Gardens