Earlier this week I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek of the gardens that'll be included in this year's ANLD Designers Garden Tour coming up on June 17th. The tour includes seven gardens—each
individual, unique and chock full of ideas that you can use in your own garden. In addition to creating beautiful outdoor spaces that are enjoyed by
family and friends, the gardens demonstrate creative, thoughtful solutions to a range of landscape issues—solutions that transform these "problem"
spots into inviting gardens.
Have you ever been curious about what it would be like to work with a garden designer? The ANLD Designers Garden Tour is a wonderful way to meet and talk with the designers behind the gardens you'll be visiting. In most of the gardens included on the tour, the homeowners will be right there and would be happy to talk with your about their experience and the process they engaged in with the designers and contractors involved in their project.
In addition to meeting the designers and contractors behind the 7 gardens on the tour, you might also find it useful to search the directory of Portland-area designer on the ANLD site. On the site you can learn more about the organization and its membership, which includes talented garden-making professionals serving the greater Portland/Vancouver region. You'll be able to peruse a variety of portfolios, and when you find someone whose work resonates with you, get in touch with them to learn more about how they work. It might also be helpful for you to know that designers work in a variety of ways and along a spectrum that ranges from spearheading a comprehensive reset of your entire outdoor landscape to providing coaching on an hourly basis to give you fresh ideas or get you pointed in the right direction as you create your personal garden. Sometimes a new pair of eyes and a fresh perspective can be just the thing to get you over a hump and solve a pesky design dilemma you've been mulling.
I'll be volunteering in the afternoon at the Letson-Gardner garden designed by Lucy Hardiman and Susan LaTourette — please take a moment to say hello if you come on the tour!
A Gallery of Garden Scenes Spied on the Pre-Tour