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Hidden City Garden In Spring

Written by Harry Pierik

In this post, Harry takes us on a stunning tour of his garden in early spring. Learn more about Harry’s garden and design work on his website. To read Harry’s last post on snowdrops, click here and to read his post on his ‘Hidden Garden in The City’, click hereFran Sorin

Spring has returned! During the months of April and March the garden changes almost daily. I have for you a small selection of the garden’s wealth of species.

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When you step through the two doors of my house on the main street, you would enter an entirely different world.
In the first part of the Hidden City Garden you will be able to enjoy, amongst other sights, the holly and lilac topiary.

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Oh no! Visitors In The Garden…..Etiquette Of The Garden Visit

Written by Michael King

I first became aware of Michael’s work when I read the book Gardening With Grasses that he co-wrote with Piet Oudolf. It literally shifted my thinking about the composition of perennial gardens.

Michael has been living in the Netherlands for the past 20 years where he works as a garden designer, author and garden photographer. He has recently started a new blog, Perennial Meadows, which I highly recommend.

Michael has written books on flowering perennials, ornamental grasses and tulips as well as dozens of articles on a diverse range of subjects. His latest publication is a series of 6 e-books on perennial meadows.  If you’ve read any of Michael’s books and use them as resources and inspiration (as I do), this latest series of e-books won’t disappoint.  Fran Sorin

Do I really like having visitors in the garden? I certainly look forward to their arrival; rush around making sure everything is tidy, sweep the gravel paths as best I can, fill the kettle and load the coffee filter.

But then the problems begin: if they are early I notice, if they are on time, “why?” and if they are late I think I am not their day’s top priority. In truth I am not sure I really want visitors in my little world. This is the place where I am learning my craft; it is a small garden in constant flux as I dig and replant trying out ideas and learning by my mistakes. For me a few plants wrestling with each other in a corner can represent an idea for a horizon-filling perennial meadow, but the visitor sees it differently. I joke and tell them what a terrible gardener I am and that if a plant can survive with me I know it is something that is worth recommending to others – hmm.


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Written by Harry Pierik

In his first article for GGW, A Hidden Paradise In the City, Harry introduced us to his magnificent Dutch garden. In this article, he shares some of the 200 different kinds of snowdrops that he has collected. It’s a pictoral delight! Harry has produced a short film ‘Garden of Eden Snowdrops in the Hidden Citygarden’ in which he shows various snowdrops and elaborates on their differences which you can view on his website.   Fran Sorin 


On gloomy winter days, the Hidden Citygarden is a veritable symphony of grayish brown, ochre and countless shades of wintergreen. In the center, the topiary shows up against the green of Hedera helix. On the left, the wintergreen leaf of Magnolia grandiflora with a thin layer of suede on the underside called ‘indumentum’. Like a fur of bamboo leaves, with just a slight touch of patina caused by the frost, Peioblastus hindsii nestles herself in the trimmed holly.
In the front and center of the picture is the leaf of Epimedium x peralchicum ‘Frohnleiten’. On the right: Snowdrops will soon be appearing under the old apple tree.

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Starting Over

For several years now, I’ve talked and written about how living with ambiguity is an integral part of the creative process. My book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, touches upon this subject in more detail.

 I want to share a personal story with you that once again reminded me that learning to live with uncertainty is an emotional strength, a muscle to be flexed in order to experience a more meaningful and creative life.

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Welcome back spring

With no apologies I welcome spring.  I welcome the chance to post new photos.  I welcome the challenge of simply taking new photos.  I welcome  the chance to get back to work.  Welcome back Gardening Gone Wild.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Kanjiro’

I have not posted new photos for a couple months now, and Fran let me slip through January without any post at all.  There were some pretty major complications with my eye surgery but now’s time to get back into shape for the new garden season.  Welcome spring.  I will step gently. Continue Reading →

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