The Simpson/McKitrick garden - another spectacular Huntsville garden
Following the Huntsville Garden Tour (see the previous post), we were invited to see the garden of Tom Simpson and Dan McKitrick who lived just a few blocks away. Wow, I'm glad we saw it. This garden was completely different from the tour gardens. This garden had more sun and much more color. It was small too but jam-packed with plants. The word that came to mind as I walked through it was "electric". There was so much vibrant color from both plants and decorative objects. This was obviously a garden belonging to an obsessed gardener!
Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy
|The garden filled the entire property, the front, side and back of the house.|
This is the front as seen from the street.
|There was so much to see at every turn, not only plants but whimsical|
touches as well. Love the purple chair!
|I should have asked Tom how he keeps these ferns looking so good in sun?|
|This was just one of the bottle trees in the garden. This is along the pathway leading to the back of the house.|
|The back garden is lush with plantings, surrounding a firepit and water feature. An elevated|
back porch to the right overlooks the garden. The focal point is a dramatic Blue Atlas Cedar.
|Tom is fond of Japanese maples and there are several throughout the garden. I also noticed a variety of pine trees. I have always loved pine trees, although I have never planted one. I loved the way there were incorporated into this garden.|
|A beautiful Barberry grows alongside the small pond. Branches of the |
Blue Atlas Cedar hang above.
|A view of the back of the house and porch area.|
|The small pond is surrounded by Japanese maple, spirea, persicaria and lilies.|
|At the back of the property was another building. |
Climbing Hydrangea was growing under this balcony.
|The view from a balcony.|
|So glad we got to see this - it is a great example for plant lovers with limited space! I hope to visit again and get photos at a better time. We were there in the middle of the day, not the best time for photography.|