Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

12th x 12th: The Final Chapter

A few more photos from the 12th x 12th event.  Word on the street is that the event will be happening again next year and here's a link to watch next spring for news about next year's event.

Wanting to live in a community, the family making this garden has recently moved from a more rural area, This is their first summer here and they've built these fabulous raised beds with removable roofs and side panels

And this delightful arbor.

In this small garden, there is little sunny space  on the street side due to beautiful old trees in the  parking strip.  

We find lots of interesting things in the shade. 

The big surprise is an exuberantly planted bed in the sunny alley.

Most alleys are so dull but not this one!

What a pleasure it would be to come across this cool garden on a stroll up the alley!

 This community garden is located n someone's private front yard. The idea is to get people interested in gardening and to supply fresh produce to those in need.  Cool idea!

More raised beds are on the way!

All the plants were started from seed in this greenhouse.  Cool, eh?

That's it for the first 12th x 12th garden and garage sale walk.  Be sure to check it out next year if you're in the area!


  1. It's been a good idea and it'll be interesting to see how the participating gardens evolve with the event.

    1. It was a good idea and I'm looking forward to next year!

  2. Walking around neighborhoods is even more fun when the garden gates are open. I enjoyed seeing vegetable gardens in the front yard since that has been a point of controversy in some towns. Nice alley garden.

  3. The alley garden would make my day! There's nothing like finding a surprise oasis of flowers and plants in an otherwise urban area -- I'm thinking of one I know in St. Louis now...

  4. Thanks for the link, I "Liked" them on Facebook. It might be fun to go to this next year.

  5. That star shaped twiggy thing is great. I'm assuming the many twigs laid over the boxes are to keep critters out? The alleyways were the most inventive and most commented upon features of some gardens on the ANLD tour.

  6. The combination of gardening and bargain shopping is my definitions of heaven!
    Turning the front garden to a community pea patch is a selfless and generous act, similar to that from a recent post of the gentleman who purchased a property next door and turned it into a community serenity garden.

  7. I see some ambitious weavings with bamboo sticks for protection and places for vines to climb. Clever and attractive.

  8. I think that community garden is inspired (and inspiring). I like the plant supports the gardeners are using too.

  9. What a lovely thing to do, host a community garden in your front yard.


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