Tuesday, June 2, 2009

About Lola's Garden

Established in 2006, Lola's Garden is a very diversified, densely and informally planted cottage-style garden. It was once a homely yard with nothing but a few old and deformed shrubs, a sad contrast to the neighbor's beautifully designed and meticulously maintained garden. His is a garden that makes people who see it feel good, inspired, and incredibly optimistic. And I was inspired enough to buy the homely place, and proudly called it home.

A six-foot-tall, barn-red fence enclosed the property all the way to the sidewalk. My husband moved the fence closer to the house, tweaked the top with his jigsaw, and turned it into a more decorative white fence. My collection of perennials and flowering annuals grows happily, sometime wildly and competitively, inside and outside the fence. Last year, the flowering tobacco plants grew so wild, I thought it swallowed the eggplant alive. But after the first killing frost froze it back to the ground, the eggplant revealed half a dozen blue-ribbon size fruits that were then too old for the frying pan.

Lola's Garden at the TIEG Garden Expo in Spokane, Washington is where I sell the result of my uncontrolled seed shopping and propagating. A 10x12 HF greenhouse made it possible to grow strong and healthy plants early in the spring regardless of the weather. It is also the outlet for my handcrafted earth-friendly garden accessories and decor. It is held annually the second Saturday in May at the Spokane Community College, and is the biggest gardening event in Eastern Washington. The event is free to visitors. Many thanks to TIEG volunteers who made it possible.

Thank you for visiting. I hope you'll come again to see what's going on in Lola's Garden.

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
Abraham Lincoln

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