Our blogging friend Gloria Bonde's house and garden are in a picture in today's issue of the Wall Street Journal!
I was sipping coffee in my garden and looking through the WSJ when I saw a familiar name in the article 'Gardening Without a Sprinkler' by Anne Marie Chaker (WSJ, August 18, 2010). The article is about a growing trend of converting lawns to xeriscapes. Several gardens are featured in the article. Their owners use xeric principles such as using native plants, grouping plants with similar watering needs, using mulches, etc. Some gardeners got the ideas from their trips to Tuscany and southern France. Eliminating mowing, fertilizing, weed-control applications, excessive watering, and saving money are the main pluses of "dry gardens". The article also touches upon the issue of the xeric approach contradicting the landscaping standards of some homeowner associations.
Congratulations, Gloria, on your garden being pictured in one of the most prominent national newspapers! I was excited to see your name!
Gloria's blog, Dakota Garden, is here: http://www.dakotagarden.com/
I just came back from Phoenix, Arizona where we celebrated the 90th Birthday of my dear mother-in-law, Mary. The temperatures were 107-111 F (38-40 C), but it didn't stop me from walking around and admiring some of the wonderful desert plants and extraordinary landscapes.
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