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Through The Garden Gate: Gayle & Luis Gutierrez
May 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hosted by Monticello Garden Club
Gayle and Luis moved to Earlysville in 1998 after 25 years In Texas. Comfortable with cars, heat and a killing sun, they fell In love with their forest and wildlife until…. the challenge of gardening In these conditions began.
They had their home built, but there was nothing but bare red earth In a large back yard that was edged with woods. The deer herds of 15 plus roamed freely eating everything Gayle planted, except the 2500 daffodils planted in the meadow. So, they put up an 8 foot deer fence and Gayle read everything she could about shade gardening and proper plants for our zone.
They gathered rocks for a rock garden. reclaimed bricks for paths, liners and vases for two ponds and then began the work of laying It all themselves. What began as an “English Cottage” garden has evolved over time to include more shrubs, bulbs, perennials, yard art and one water feature -no ponds. Sadly the two ponds that were initially built were filled in after multiple herons tore the linings three times dining on the fish. Rhododendrons, roses, camellias, sprinkled with color from the perennials keeps the space colorful throughout the season. They’re lucky to have both shade and sun.
This is their forever home, so decreasing the upkeep without diminishing the beauty has been the goal. It remains 8 labor of love.
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