Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens
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The Power of Gardening for Wildlife

The Power of Gardening for Wildlife

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Benjamin Vogt / Monarch Gardens added this to How I Learned to Be an Imperfect Gardener
By 2011 the garden was starting to outgrow my intentions for it — the art was becoming artifice, and plants began showing that they had minds of their own. At first I edited — trimmed, divided, transplanted — but it became far too much work for too little impact. I sat back one day on the deck listening to the birds, trying to trace the zigzag path of bees from flower to flower, when I finally conceded to the nature of nature. Since 2011 I’ve let the garden seed where it wants, except for the pathways. When a dependable plant doesn’t come back in spring, I no longer mourn its loss but celebrate what comes up in its place as a delightful discovery. Plants move, find where they best want to be, and I know that what I’ve started is more like a child growing up than a sculpture on a shelf. It’s alive!
“If we can learn to let go and embrace the changes in a garden, we’ve made the first step toward gardening in a way that constantly surprises and grips us on a deeper level.” — Benjamin VogtThe joy of gardening comes from the surprises. If you usually need control of your designs or instant gratification, take a deep breath, let go and let whatever is going to happen happen. Vogt does a beautiful job of sharing how letting go in the garden has enhanced his life. He has also documented his garden over the years and shared its progress.Full story: How I Learned to Be an Imperfect Gardener

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beckyshep added this to landscape ideas
January 23, 2014
limeleaf added this to outdoors
December 6, 2013
Nice plants
nishlap added this to backyards
December 4, 2013
I love the wild look of this garden
anniejoe added this to Landscaping
December 1, 2013
What I like to see instead of clumps
juliaeg added this to Garden
November 30, 2013
Gorgeous plantings.
cramerlyon added this to Outdoor Spaces - Wendy
November 29, 2013
I like the natural feel of this pix. But I know this is a headache to care for since the plans are so tight
kstrayv added this to kstrayv's ideas
November 27, 2013
read article : "how i learned to be an imperfect gardener"
vistaliving added this to Patio Ideas
November 25, 2013
nice mix
Molly Ellsworth added this to Gardens & Landscape
November 25, 2013
vogue_2008 added this to Сад. Кабинет садовника.
November 25, 2013
Поддержка для растений.
busybee12836 added this to Landscape Ideas
November 24, 2013
Good use of texture
coolidge4me added this to GARDEN
November 24, 2013
stripey plant
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