CLICK HERE to see photos and read descriptions of all the gardens on the tour; some also have plant lists. And CLICK HERE to see a 172-photo album of the tour by Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine.
And watch the video! It’s by Marcia Van Horn, who lived in Old Greenbelt in the ’80s.
The Greenbelt “Less Lawn, More Life” Garden Tour was co-sponsored by Greenbelt Homes, Inc, the Greenbelt Gardeners Yahoo Group, Greenbelt Live.com blog, where you are now, and its editor, tour organizer Susan Harris. Thanks to the Greenbelt Museum for distributing the tour brochures, and to Museum volunteer Chris Stark for printing more at his own expense!
Fifteen unique gardens in Old Greenbelt will be on a FREE TOUR this Sunday, September 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. Thirteen are small GHI gardens and two are larger, lake-view gardens just outside GHI.
All the gardens have very little or no lawn, with the space being used instead for trees, shrubs, flower borders, patios, paths and more. So bring your curiosity and notepad and take home ideas for reducing or replacing your lawn, including examples of easy ground covers.
This being early fall, it’s a great time to notice design features and the all-important but not-so-flashy plants like evergreen screening and the aforementioned ground covers. You’ll also discover plants that bloom in the fall, when they’re most appreciated. Some of the gardeners have helpfully supplied plant lists!
Click here for all the tour information you’ll need – garden descriptions, more photos, some plant lists, but with addresses being added on the day of the tour. There will also be a custom Google map available on that link on the day of the tour. Or stop by the Greenbelt Museum between 1 and 5 to pick up a printed brochure with addresses, descriptions and a map.
My garden’s on the tour so I’m making excuses early and often for the newness of it and the mistakes I’ll correct next year. But I bet all of us on the tour are fretting about the imperfections, and hustling all week to pretty them up. I know I am. But I know I’ll enjoy the result, so it’s all good.
“Less Lawn” is an important new trend in gardening, and there are lots more suggestions for reducing lawn here on the website of the Lawn Reform Coalition. Greenbelt’s “Less Lawn Tour” is believed to be the first in the U.S. outside of California, where the shortage of water makes lawns a crazy choice and municipalities are paying residents to get rid of it.