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Themes for Gardens

Themes for Gardens

Lots of Ideas for Creating Themed Gardens

You want your yard to entice your family and friends to spend time outdoors. Different lifestyles and personal preferences need factored in when choosing a theme for your outdoor space.

Would you like a place to just relax after a long day at work or do you want to putter among the flowers? Either way is a great stress reliever, but one may appeal to you more than the other. Browse the themes below for garden ideas and see what inspires you. I’ll be adding more over the next few weeks, so check back often for new ideas.

  • How to Create a Persian Garden | eHow.com
    The first pleasure gardens in Egypt and Persia were based on water and their long narrow canals ran in grid patterns, stemming from the idea of the four-square paradise garden.
  • How to Create a Japanese Garden | eHow.com
    Water, plants, and stone are all needed to create a Japanese garden. Simplicity and harmony are the other two essentials.
  • How to Create an Old West Theme Garden | eHow.com
    Create an Old West Theme garden for arid or poor soil areas. Old West gardens are wonderful for drought-prone regions with water limitations. With the right decorations and landscaping the garden…
  • Bali Garden
    This makes a lovely tropical garden. Check out this beautiful web page with tips for creating your own.
  • Create a Cottage GardenWho can resist the old-fashioned look of a cottage garden. You can have one in your own backyard with the tips provided here.

Choose a Historic Period Theme for the Garden

  • How to Create a Colonial Garden | eHow.com
    American colonists were practical people. In a new land they made a fresh life. Their gardens fed the family and brought beauty into the home. Gardens held fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers….
Colonial garden in New Hampshire - Strawberry Banke.

Colonial garden in New Hampshire – Strawberry Banke. (photo by Virginia Allain)

Literary Garden Themes

  • How to Plant a Faulkner Garden | eHow.com
    William Faulkner (1897-1962) was an American writer. His success came from his novels set in his native state of Mississippi.
  • How to Plant an Emily Dickinson Garden 
    Emily Dickinson was an American poet (1830-1886) born in Amherst, Massachusetts. She was a prolific private poet and wrote over 1700 poems though most were not published until after her death.
  • New England garden with a picket fence like Emily Dickinson would have had. (photo by Virginia Allain)

  • How to Plant a Steinbeck Garden | eHow.com
    John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was born in Salinas, California. The award-winning American writer is famous for books such as “Tortilla Flat,” “Of Mice and Men” and “Grapes of Wrath.” His works were…
  • How to Plant a Shakespeare Garden | eHow.com
    A Shakespeare garden features herbs, flowers, shrubs and trees found in Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets.
  • How to Plant a Robert Frost Garden | eHow.com
    Robert Frost (1874-1963) was an American poet. His famous poems include “Mending Wall,” “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Bring the lyrical world of Robert Frost to your yard.

Read More about Theme Gardens

Design a Theme GardenThe English Country House GardenZen Gardens: The Complete Works of Shunmyo Masuno

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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Gardening

 

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Writing for the A to Z Blog Challenge

Writing for the A to Z Blog Challenge
  • Last year was quite productive, so I signed up again for the A to Z Blog Challenge. Over 1500 bloggers participate in this challenge to write a new post daily following the alphabet. If you’re a blogger and haven’t tried a challenge, it’s a marvelous way to build a habit of writing.

It started April 1st, so my first effort was A Is for Aviatrix. It’s posted on my Discovering Mom blog where I write about my mother. I started that blog after her death as a tribute to her and to store my memories

On the 2nd day, I wrote B Is for Big Rocks. The blog gives me a place to share photos from the family album so my sisters and cousins can add them to their albums.

Day 3, the post was C Is for Company’s Coming. It’s an essay that Mom wrote that hadn’t been published before.

D is for Depression Era Cooking features another of Mom’s essays that I tracked down on the Wayback Machine. I’ve had fairly good success finding some of her articles previously published on eHow. Hopefully it finds a safe place online with the blog.

For Easter Sunday, I pulled out some of my 1950s memories and some of Mom’s 1930s stories to share in E is for Easter Memories.

A concern of mine matched up with an old article of Mom’s in F is for Fear of Falling. You don’t have to be old, as any age can benefit from her recommendations.

Did you know that there is such a thing as a ghost cat? Read about the one that lived with my parents in G Is for Ghost Cat – Little Cat and TC.

I worried about keeping up with the daily posts. My sister came to the rescue with this recipe and memory H is for Hash and Other Economies.

Here’s the 9th post for the challenge, I is for In-the-News. Check it out to see what Mom did that was newsworthy.

There’s more to come, so if you’d like to follow along, you can subscribe to the blog, Discovering Mom, or join her Facebook Fan Club where links are posted.

Here’s the rest of the alphabet:

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2015 in gail lee martin, Writing

 

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