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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Visit to Ed Hume's Garden


What fun it was! Our garden club arranged a visit to this garden some time ago. We were thrilled to meet Ed Hume. Everyone knows him as a host of the longest running gardening television show in North America, weekly radio show and, of course, as an author. This particular garden was originally designed only for children. Adults insisted that it was of as much interest to them as it was to children. So, they opened it to adult groups too. It became a combination of a children's garden and an adult educational garden. We were led through several garden areas. Totally, there are 15 of them. I remember the Quiz Garden, Bird Garden, Drought and Native plant garden, Herb Garden and Flowering Plant area. We learned a lot and got some ideas. I especially liked the Bird Garden with those colorful bright bird houses.
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Ballosaurus was a hit!

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This is its better picture from the garden's site http://www.humeseeds.com/edgarden.htm
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The giant aphid was created by Charles M. Fitzgerald
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I don't think I will ever be able to have so many bowling balls to create my own, but at least I started...
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This following piece also attracted out attention. What an idea for someone who remodels a house! Sometimes, it's not easy to part with old furniture, appliances, etc. Here is the "etc."
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Well, we didn't need to renovate the house yet, so there were no pieces from the house to try this idea. Fortunately, our boys were renovating their car park at that time and I got lucky to receive one of the outdated models for my garden design.
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Tinman was among the most photographed elements of the garden, too.
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Ed Hume answered our questions, signed his book (it was "Gardening with Ed Hume. Northwest gardening Made Easy") and generously offered some seed packages.
His face is familiar to thousands of gardeners since it is on seed racks in major home and garden centers all over the country.
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These are some pictures from Ed Hume's web site




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Overview
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Bug-Eating Plants
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15 comments:

  1. That looks like a really fun garden to visit, thanks for sharing.

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  2. What fantastic fun. A lovely treat to visit a garden like that.

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  3. How fun! I never realized he had gardens that could be toured. I love those birdhouses, and would love to something like that in my yard. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. What fun - thanks for posting this tour. I really like the bird houses
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    K

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  5. Thank you and I enjoyed going along on the tour of both gardens. We are always a work in progress aren't we? I see something and want it right away but then it takes money and time. So grand that you got a signed copy of his book!

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  6. That tin man! I need to start saving my cans. He's very cool. I've got two bowling balls... love your blue one in the daisies. All pictures were great. What a fun tour this must have been.

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  7. How inspiring! it goes to show that both children and adults appreciate some fun in a garden

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  8. What a delightful write-up, thank you :) I'd never heard of the man but his garden sounds fascinating. I'd always assumed that children would be bound to find gardens boring, since I did so myself until I had one of my own. This definitely makes me think otherwise!

    I've seen the etc planted before: a house about a minute's walk from us has a fantasic (literally) front garden, esp in the summer when they really go to town on pot-plants - and their Christmas lights too. I will get their permission to post some pics later in the year.

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  9. I love it! Of course adults would enjoy it too-what fun and so much whimsy!

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  10. I Love the tin man!!!
    Linda

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  11. Hi Tatyana,
    thanks for the tour, what a great garden! I love the toilet planting! I do colorful birdhouses too but a much smaller scale..us big kids like fun too!
    Lynn

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  12. What a fun time you had!! I love the whimsical items, too. Thank you for providing all the links (and thanks for your visit today!) I'm needing to bookmark you so I can visit again soon. :-)

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  13. I am glad you liked touring this interesting garden! Thanks for your nice comments!

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  14. What a fun garden tour! I found a pretty purple bowling ball at a garage sale last year, I think I paid a dollar for it!

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  15. What a wonderful post!! I just ordered a few seed packets from the Ed Hume site, and decided to do a blotanical search for fun. I was delighted to find this post of yours, my kids would love to visit the garden some day. :) Rebecca

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