Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – November Wrap-Up

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Path to barn June 1 06When we decided to start the Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop six weeks ago, we figured it would mostly be a fun excuse to ramble on here at GGW about some of our favorite topics. Little did we expect that so many of you would find it of interest and want to “play” too! The various posts and comments about garden paths have sparked several interesting discussions, and it appears that they’ve also inspired new projects for some of you. In case you missed any of the posts over the last month, or if you want to come back at some later date to refresh your memory in preparation for a pathway project, here’s a round-up of all the path-related posts we know about. If there are any we’ve missed, or if you write a post later and would like it added here, we welcome you to add a comment below!

Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop (Nan at Gardening Gone Wild): The original announcement of the GBDW concept.

Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Paths and Walkways (Nan at Gardening Gone Wild): Kick-off post for November’s topic; includes various readers’ comments on their own paths.

Walk This Way (Nan at Gardening Gone Wild): The step-by-step construction of a timber-and-gravel path at Nan’s house.

On the Right Path(s) – Part 1 (Nan at Gardening Gone Wild): Nan wrote about the canine-created paths in her previous garden, with a side discussion about the fate of gardens once they change hands.

On the Right Path(s) – Part 2 (Nan at Gardening Gone Wild): Nan explained how she created the mulch paths in her front garden and a grass access path through a set of borders. She also asked how other gardeners felt about plants sprawling onto paths. (Apparently it’s fine with most readers, but the discussion included some ideas for visitor-friendly options).

My Pathways (Fran Sorin at Gardening Gone Wild): How Fran turned her traditional lawn-filled, straight-pathed front yard into a more-diverse garden with mixed borders and winding walkways.

Pathways in My Backyard (Fran Sorin at Gardening Gone Wild): Fran discussed how she planned and created the garden paths in her steeply sloping backyard, and she asked what kind of paths readers would love to have if money were no object.

“Garden” Paths around Chacala and Loveliest Path/Stairway in Chacala (Andee at Gardener in Chacala Mexico): Beautiful photos of Andee’s favorite “natural” and garden paths in Mexico. Dispel the winter blues with this touch of the tropics.

Slide Show: A Variety of Path Styles (Michelle at Garden Porn): Just like the title says: A slide show highlighting a number of different path designs and materials, including some in-construction shots. Great for inspiration!

Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop—Paths and Walkways (Pam at Digging): The construction of Pam’s front path/courtyard garden; part of her “How I Did It” series. Includes excellent tips for other gardeners based on her experience with the project.

Garden Bloggers Design Workshop – Paths and Walkways (Lee at The Grackle): Lee discussed the creation of a lovely limestone-paver garden path, with great before-and-after photos.

Being Led Down the Garden Path (Mr. McGregor’s Daughter): The planning and layout of the Woodland Garden paths at the writer’s garden, Squirrelhaven. Fun ideas for shady spaces.

Five Views of One Path (Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening): Photos of Kathy’s favorite path/trail in various seasons, with her to-do list for future improvements (though it sure doesn’t look like it needs improving).

Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Paths and Walkways (Carol at May Dreams Gardens): Starting with an amazing satellite shot of the paths in her raised-bed vegetable garden, Carol showed the various types of paths in her landscape, with a variety of materials and purposes. Her question to readers also inspired a discussion of which should come first in a new garden: paths or plants.

Divine Intervention: Paths (Gina at My Skinny Garden): Gina posted pictures of her front-yard renovation project and asked for some path-planning advice. Well, she got plenty of suggestions, plus an amazing surprise: Carolyn Gail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago blessed Gina with a gift certificate worth $1,500 of garden design assistance! You can see Carolyn’s suggestion’s for Gina’s yard at A $1,500 Gift Certificate for Gina!

My Blank Canvas: Carolyn also wrote her own post about how creating paths in her own garden led to her career as a garden designer.

Stroll Garden – November 20 Update and Stroll Garden – November 28 Update (healingmagichands at The Havens): Follow the construction of a lovely stone path and scree slopes in the Stroll Garden at The Havens.

Garden Designers Workshop – Paths and Walkways (Frances at Faire Garden): Check out photos of a wide variety of pathway materials and get a lovely tour of Frances’ garden at the same time.

Creating the Rose Garden (Heirloom Gardener): The brick path through the writer’s double rose borders in her New Jersey garden.

The Egg Garden Path Makeover (Heirloom Gardener): HG widened and updated the look of a well-travelled stepping-stone path with a fresh layer of gravel to complement a front-yard garden area.

Nancy J. Ondra
Nan gardens on 4 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the firm belief that every garden ought to have a pretentious-sounding (or at least pretentious-looking) name, she refers to her home grounds as "Hayefield." There, she experiments with a wide variety of plants and planting styles, from cottage gardens and color-based borders to managed meadows, naturalistic plantings, and veggies--all under the watchful eyes of her two pet alpacas, Daniel and Duncan.
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Sylvia Dorset UK November 30, 2007, 4:39 am

Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop is a great idea, I have really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the next topic.

I notice that nearly all your comments are from other Bloggers. I hope non-bloggers, like myself, are reading this. I like the comments and I visit the other sites.

This is a great resource for all gardeners at every level of experience

Thank you, for all the thought that goes into these, it is appreciated.

Thanks in return for your kind comments, Sylvia. We certainly welcome both bloggers and non-bloggers! By the way, if those of you who don’t have your own blogs want to share a picture or two of your fences or walls, I can add them to the comments you post here. You can contact me off-site at ondra at verizon dot net.
-Nan

Kathy November 30, 2007, 7:03 am

I want to point out that my “to-do” list was created in response to Fran’s question about price not being a factor. Quite possibly none of them will ever get done–except buying that trail maintenance book you recommended.

Right, Kathy–I should have worded that differently. Thanks for the clarification.
-Nan

gina November 30, 2007, 9:00 am

I wanted to make sure to say thanks again for starting this online design workshop. For new gardeners like me with no artistic side, this has allowed me to get suggestions I’d never have been able get without something like this. It’s like having a team of designers! AND, a special thanks to Carolyn at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago for the awesome gift certificate – I’m truly touched.

You’re welcome, Gina. Having gardeners like you participate makes it a lot more interesting for us, too!
-Nan

Carol December 1, 2007, 12:00 am

Thank you for this great idea and for putting all the links in one post for easier reference. I’m looking forward to the next topic!

Thank you, Carol, for the inspiration!
-Nan

carolyngail December 2, 2007, 7:53 am

Your online design workshop is very unique and an inspiration to many experienced and beginning gardeners.

Thanks for all you do.

Glad you’re enjoying the workshop, Carolyn, and thanks for participating!
-Nan

Mr. McGregor's Daughter December 2, 2007, 3:46 pm

It was fun to participate. It made me look anew at my garden & brought back memories from its beginning. It was also fascinating to see how differently other gardeners made paths & the materials out of which they made them.

Having a reason to look back to the beginnings of my gardens was fun for me, too!
-Nan

Frances December 9, 2007, 8:16 am

I just finished posting my late Paths and Walkways story. Whew! That should get me up to speed with the rest of you guys. Thanks for the link.
Frances

I’ll add you to the end-of-November wrap-up, Frances, and leave a direct link here as well, so it doesn’t get missed. Thanks!
-Nan

healingmagichands December 9, 2007, 11:25 am

This is such a great resource! Thank you for including me in your links. I hope that my experience can help inspire someone else.

I look forward to the next topic; I have a lot of development of this garden left to do and hopefully there will be some inspirational things for me coming up.

Inspiration is what it’s all about! I really look forward to seeing how your stroll garden develops.
-Nan

Heirloom Gardener December 15, 2007, 12:30 pm

This workshop was so inspiring. Paths really do add so much to a garden and these posts gave me ideas about how I can improve my own.

My most ambitious path project to date has been the brick path I laid as the central hardscaping focus of my Rose Garden:

http://heirloomgardener.blogspot.com/2007/12/creating-rose-garden.html

Excellent! I’ll add a link and summary above with the others. Many thanks.
-Nan

Heirloom Gardener January 20, 2008, 7:26 pm

Nan,

Inspired by Gardening Gone Wild, I’m plotting my new paths for next year. Here’s a post about the path makeover I did in my Egg Garden where I both widened the path and replaced terra cotta stepping stones with pebbles:

http://heirloomgardener.blogspot.com/2008/01/egg-garden-path-makeover-replacing.html

-Heirloom Gardener

Thanks for letting me know. I’ll add your link to the main post!
-Nan

David March 5, 2009, 3:18 pm

Here is the link to a recent post on my blog:
http://montanawildlifegardener.blogspot.com/2009/02/avoid-straight-lines-simple-design-tip.html

Excellent, David – thanks for the link!
-Nan

healingmagichands June 15, 2009, 7:56 pm

I have to admit when I posted for this workshop I was pretty proud of what I had accomplished in the way of a flagstone path and a scree/rock garden. You just have to come and visit my Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post this month and check out the flagstone path now that the thyme has filled in . I thought it would be nice, but I am continually amazed every time I go out there how amazing it has turned out to be.

http://healingmagichands.wordpress.com/2009/06/15/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-june-15-2009/

Come to think of it, it has some stuff that is tied in to this month’s garden workshop too.

Thanks for adding your link – how inspirational!
-Nan