Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Irene & Jim Fowler's garden in Greenhill



Irene Fowler is an artist, as anyone might guess while strolling through her exquisite woodland garden. Like Pam Harper, she is a master at combining plants in striking combinations that accentuate form, texture and color. I had a field day photographing her garden because at every turn I would find perfect visual vignettes.

The garden lies in a patch of trees behind the Fowler's house. They also garden in the areas surrounding their house, sunnier areas with less trees, but the woodland garden is an extraordinary treat. The Fowler's garden is often featured on garden tours. If you have the chance to see it, do it! It was well worth the drive (they live in the rural Greenhill community).







Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)


Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)

Fowler garden (Greenhill, Alabama)


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

31 comments:

  1. Congratulations Phillip! Gorgeous photos of an amazing garden. Is the Magazine online? ;)

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  2. That is a beautiful garden! thanks for sharing....Julian

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  3. Congrats for sure! What a great area they have created..

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  4. Congrats on the Cover billing. Wow with photos like these I can see how it was such a hit. I would love to see this garden.

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  5. Way to go, Phillip! Any of the photos were cover quality, but I love the one they chose. That is a gorgeous garden, almost as nice as your own. :-)
    Frances

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  6. Congratulations, that is quite the accomplishment.

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  7. Congratulations! What beautiful photos you took of the gardens.

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  8. Stunning photos of the garden. Love the design of the woodland garden as well - it looks so natural and lovely.

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  9. Beautiful garden. Thanks for sharing the photos. Congrats on making the cover!

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  10. That's a beautiful cover shot Phillip! Congrats! The garden is lovely~and as Frances said~almost as nice as your! gail

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  11. Congratulations! What a beautiful garden. Your photos are divine. Maybe eventually you can scan a copy of the article to post on your blog for those of us who can't get the magazine?

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  12. Carol, some of the magazine's articles are online (google Alabama Gardener) but mine isn't.

    Frances, most of these photos are the ones they didn't use.

    Thanks everybody!

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  13. You're the man, Phillip! Wow, their garden is beautiful!

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  14. Fantastic! I'm off to find a copy of the magazine tomorrow! That garden is an inspiration to me.

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  15. Oh my gosh, what a beautiful garden! Congratulations on your article! I'd love to see this garden sometime. Rebecca

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  16. If those are the photos that were NOT included, I can only imagine the beautiful ones that WERE. I'm going to try to find a copy of this magazine -- your article/photos will give me some ideas for my own woodland garden. Lovely!

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  17. Most of the photos they used in the article were the wider shots, which is what they prefer. I thought some of the best ones were the closer shots though.

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  18. Contratulations Phillip! What a gorgeous garden and beautiful shots!

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  19. Congratulations and thank you for sharing the extra pictures!

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  20. Phillip, congratulations!! That is one peaceful and fabulous garden. Since I cannot get the magazine I do hope you will share the article on your blog.
    Your photos are first rate!! BTW what is that lovely little white spike flowering with what I assume to be Phlox divericata?
    xsxs

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  21. Beautiful! Where can I find that magazine in Florence? Would Books-a-million carry it?

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  22. Sandra, I will see what I can do about posting the article.

    Hasuko, yes, Books-A-Million carries it or at least they did the last time I checked.

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  23. What a dreamy garden, Phillip - and your photos make the viewer want to be there. Congratulations on being the cover story!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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  24. congratulations...looks like an amazing garden...love those wooded garden photos

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  25. Oh!!! Those photos are just too beautiful! Congratulations. I am going to bookmark this post and revisit often! When is your book coming out?

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  26. Wow this is a beautiful garden! I'll be looking for the magazine.

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  27. I finally got my hands on one of these magazines. It was the last one at Petals From the Past in Jemison. Fabulous garden! Your article is well written, and the photos are great. I see things I want to implement in my own woodlands. I also enjoyed reading your other article in the same issue, as well as the rest of the magazine. I am going to order a subscription!

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  28. Got the magazine yesterday Phillip! Wonderful article, beautiful photos! I will have to put a note to visit the Fowler Garden for sure!

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