Yesterday I was fortunate enough to visit not one, but TWO of my favorite places. I got to visit with Liz at Garden Lake, and then Mrs. Brown called!
Let me tell you a little bit about Bob and Carolyn Brown, they are in their early 80's, and have been married for 63 years!!!! They are a fresh and vibrant as a 30 year old! They spend every day out in their yard working away. That is probably why they are in such great physical and mental shape. They absolutely amaze me. Bob gets more accomplished in their garden in 1 day than I can in 4 days! They are extremely entertaining. I laugh the entire time I am with them. They are a plethora of garden knowledge. I wish I could pull it all out of their heads and put it on paper. They can root anything....any type of plant you can think of.
The property is 2 acres, and 75% of it is shade. Now, if you don't think you can garden in the shade you need to take a look at these pictures. There are amazing oaks on this property. I asked Mr. Brown how old they were, and he said they were probably 150-200 years old!! They have camellias that are more like trees. They are 20' tall, and I had never seen camellias that big until I came to their house. Everything is bigger and better at The Brown's (or atleast thats the way I see it!).
All of the stones you see used for borders, and the old wood used for fencing Mr. Brown got from their old home place in the country. I believe that old home place was one of their mothers.
I really could sit here and talk about this place for days on end. It is just an amazing place.
Mrs. Brown always shares her plants with me, and luckily for me they have all lived. Whenever she gives someone plants and you thank her, she always says "don't thank me yet, they may die!".
The Brown's garden is one of the gardens that is on tour for our garden club on May 9th. If you are interested in the tour please let me know. Tickets are $10.
Here is the link to the photos I took at The Brown's. Some are blurry...not sure why. I was having a bad camera day!!