Peggy Hill is a garden consultant, writer, speaker and plant ho. She blogs about her garden shenanigans at hiddenhillsgarden.com. Peggy is also working to preserve 435 acres and 25,000 feet of magnificent shoreline on Smith Lake in North Alabama as part of the Forever Wild Land Trust. For more information and to register your support, visit savesmithlake.com.
 

 

Chanticleer Garden - Ruin and Gravel Gardens
by Peggy Hill - posted 06/02/16

My wonderful husband took me to Chanticleer garden for my birthday. It was amazing! Over the top! The best birthday present ever!!! I have oodles of great pictures, and I'm going to post more about Chanticleer on my other blog. I'll come back here and add a link when it's done. For this post, I'm concentrating on the area of the garden they call the ruin and the gardens around the ruin. This next picture shows how I approached the ruin.

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

 

I thought about straightening this next picture. I straightened all the others in this post. But I like the fact that most of my pictures at Chanticleer were crooked, and they all sloped up. I read somewhere that sloping upwards is a sign of optimism and joy, and I was happy, happy, happy while at Chanticleer.

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

 

A few pictures of the inside of the ruins: 

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

 

If you call the way that I entered the ruins the side door, then this is the view into the ruins from just outside the front door.

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

 

Exit the front door and look to the right, and you'll see this garden.

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

 

Coolness is in the details, like a stone remote control on the stone sofa.

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

 

If you exit the front door and look to the left, this is what you see.

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

 

And if you walk out into that garden and then turn to look back at the ruin, this is the view.

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

As amazing as the ruins are, they aren't my favorite part of Chanticleer. I'll come back here and put a link when I post the best pictures.

 

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Home Gardens that Inspire - Part 1
by Peggy Hill - posted 02/22/16

I’m giving two talks at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens’ Spring Plant Sale. Here's the information from the Botanical Gardens.

 

Friday, April 15 at 1 p.m. Hot Plants…The Rest of the Story
Peggy has written 44 ‘Hot Plant’ articles for Alabama Gardener magazine, but the articles are very short and don’t have room for everything she wants to say. Also, many fabulous, new cultivars have been released since she started writing in 2011. Join Peggy for a lively Powerpoint presentation featuring some of her favorite Hot Plants, and get the rest of the story.

Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m. Home Gardens That Inspire 
While attending Garden Writers Symposiums, Peggy toured some of the finest private gardens in the country. Whether you’re looking for ways to hide your ugly spaces, ways to showcase your garden strengths or ways to create garden rooms, this Powerpoint presentation has take-away ideas for everyone.

 

I thought it would be a fun preview if I posted some of the pictures from my talk on home gardens that inspire, and I’m starting with my favorite home garden of all time. In my last post, I showed you their amazing vegetable garden, but look at what else they had.

Inspiring Gardens

Inspiring Gardens

Inspiring gardens

inspiring gardens

Inspiring Gardens

Inspiring Gardens

Inspiring gardens

Inspiring Gardens

Inspiring Gardens

Inspiring Gardens

Inspiring Gardens

Inspiring gardens

Inspiring Gardens

You probably noticed that I didn’t write any captions or make any comments about those pictures. That’s because I want you to come to Huntsville Botanical Gardens’ Spring Plant Sale and hear my talk at 1 p.m. on Saturday. I hope to see you there!

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My Dream Vegetable Garden
by Peggy Hill - posted 01/10/16

It's a new year, full of resolutions and plans for a fresh gardening season. If you're like me, and improving the vegetable garden is on your 2016 to-do list, you might want to steal some ideas from this fabulous garden. I saw it a few months ago, when I was in California for the Garden Writers Association's annual symposium.

Vegetable Garden

We caught it between summer and fall vegetables, which is good because you can see the layout better. That last picture was taken looking in from just outside the farthest end. I'm drooling over those big, clean, beautiful beds, just waiting to be planted. And they all had irrigation.

Vegetable Garden

And lots of trellises. 

Vegetable Garden

Here's a close-up.

Vegetable Garden

On the far left side of this next picture, you can barely see those trellises that I just showed you. Beyond the raised beds is a little garden within a garden. Planted on its four corners, those are probably some type of dwarf fruit trees. And beyond that is a long pergola with wires strung on the back side. On the right is yet another trellis. Covered in evergreens, it separates the vegetable garden from the rest of the yard.

I remember feeling extreme trellis-envy in this garden.

Vegetable Garden

Here's a few pictures of the little garden within a garden.

Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden

I shot this next picture from outside the garden, looking down the length of the pergola.

Vegetable Garden

That vine-covered trellis does a great job of hiding the vegetable garden. 

Vegetable Garden

There were a lot of wonderful ideas in that garden, but you better get moving if you want to implement some in your garden. Spring will be here before you know it.

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