The Gardens of Douglas Dirk Patterson
The following are images from the various areas of the Plant Collections of Douglas Dirk Patterson, a part-time employee of Glasshouse Works. We works well with Tom and Ken at the Glasshouse Works because he is a fanatic for growing odd and unusual plants in his home and garden. He has been emailing us photos of his great garden over the last couple years. He also is the person who maintains the Facebook page for the Glasshouse Works and updates the Facebook pages from time to time. You can find the Facebook listing at FaceBook <==Just Click Here! Take a look sometime and sign in. Here are some great pictures of his gardens down the road from Glasshouse Works. He has named his garden Zone7 Garden because he likes to raise plants outside in Ohio's zone 6B climate ranking that are definitelyreally a bit more tropical. He is thrilled when he sees that his garden is like a garden in Georgia or the Carolinas or further south.! It takes a bit of mulching and care, but it can be done. The banana by the way is Musa Basjoo and it stays out all winter long.
The Gardens of Gerald D. Stewart
The following are images from the various areas of the Plant Collections of Gerald D. Stewart in California. He calls his garden "New Leaf" because he is continually searching for colorfully-foliages leaves. Gerald is retired at this time; for years we have been in contact because of our mutual love for odd and variegated plants. These are some photos he mailed us this winter. We hope to get some more of his treasures in the near future. We keep buying or trading back and forth from each other because we have the compulsion to collect variegated and distinctive plants. He just mailed us some photos of new variegated plants that are making us envious. We will eventually have them here too.
The Gardens of Carol and Danny Carter
The following are images from the various areas of the gardens of Carol and Danny Carter, who have landscaped their home and garden to the extreme! They have been customers and friends for years and are always working on making their surroundings like a park. Carol and Danny loaned us some photos last winter so I could place some in their Gallery on this page of the Gardens of our customers so that we could inspire our customers to see what the supposedly average gardener can do with a little imagination and enthusiasm. The design is great and the plants are great. What we like about their gardens is the urn plantings. Take a look.
The Gardens of MaryAnne and Joel Spinner
The following are images from the various gardens that MaryAnne and Joel Spinner create every year in the Chicago area. We are pleased to have gotten some photos of the display this season, 2010. The Season has been great (a bit warm for humans--but good for the plants). The garden of MaryAnne and Joel Spinner is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. By necessity, this small urban garden is vertical rather than horizontal, built above their garage. The contianer garden--which consists of over 1000 plants mostly tropicals and annuals--has won first place city-wide for best rooftop garden in the Mayor Daley Landscape Award competition, and has been featured in national publications and websites. MaryAnne, a Master Gardener with the University of Illinois Extension, has been a loyal and enthusastic Glasshouse Works customer for 15 years, and is especially keen on the Big, the Tall, and the Unusual of the plant world. We at the Glasshouse Works are pleased that so many of our customers continually show us that if you love plants, you can grow them in a wide range of environments.
The Gardens of Mary Lester, the Coleus Lady of Shreveport, LA
The following are images from the various gardens and areas of the Gardens of Mary and Charlie Lester in Shreveport, Louisiana. Mary calls herself the "Coleus Lady of Shreveport." Every year Mary tries to get every Coleus Cultivar that she can for her summer gardens. She has a very beautifully landscaped area in her front and back gardens with blooming (Azaleas and Crepe Myrtles, primarily) trees and a wonderful central fountain just behind the house. But every summer the garden is filled with pots and urns of every Coleus she can get both locally and from the Glasshouse Works Collections. Most of the Coleus are pot plants and urn plants which are strategically placed thoughout her garden area. I included some Spring pictures of the blooming trees and then the contrast of the shrubs and house surrounded by Crotons and Coleus. Much color for the summer season. Bravo!
The Gardens of Sue Novello
The following are images from the various gardens that Sue Novello creates and maintains in the New Jersey area. She is well-know for her plant tapestries. Every year she purchases new coleus for her set of gardens. We feel that the use of the "Tropical Look" has never been better used! What a display these must be every year. She works at times with the capable Horticulturalist, John Beirne, in some of her garden work. John is director of the New Bridge Horticulture Department, dealing expertly with Horticultural Therapy. He loves Coleus in the landscape. Some of the pictures below of are her and John's installations. Others are of Sue's actual garden. We are adding Sue's work to the Downers Gardens below as worthy of Internet attention!. Sue has just retired to Florida and we know that she will continue her gardening love in her new location. Carry on, Sue!
The Gardens of Charles & Linda Downer
We visited the Downers again this summer. This set of pictures is from the year 2000. This was their Classic Look. At the top of this page is a link to a Gallery of the Downer Gardens from 2009. They carry on this tradition. This year there were more alternanthera and Iresine and not quite as many Coleus, but the effect is the same. Bravo to your continued use of tropical plants in the temperate zone. The Downer's garden continues to amaze us at the Glasshouse Works.
Go to our Closeup Coleus Photo Gallery.