After all of last week’s Historic Garden Week touring, we are having withdrawals. Images of gorgeous homes and gardens still linger in our minds. Everywhere we turned during our visits to the welcoming houses around Richmond, we found inspiration and the desire to transform our own yards into “landscapes”.
How do you take this inspiration and turn it into transformation? Stop by Meg Turner’s beautiful website, M. Turner Landscapes, for a start. Meg is a local landscape designer who has been working in the field since her middle boy and my son were in preschool together. She creates garden designs and landscape plans, as well as maintenance programs to keep your plants healthy and looking great.
Meg first became interested in plants and gardens when she was living in a carriage house in Charleston and happened to be clerking with Ted LeClercq, the grandson of the famous Mrs. Whaley over whose book Ellen waxed poetic just last week. With all of the choices available in the Holy City, Ted, now a New Orleans lawyer, encouraged Meg to expand her annual plant selections beyond pansies, and a whole new career path was laid. Now Meg encourages others through her own words and pictures on her fabulous blog, The Well-Dressed Garden.
During Garden Week last week, Meg produced a series of posts on The Well-Dressed Garden featuring three of the landscapes included on the Richmond tours. Not only are these posts full of lots of pictures of each of the properties, Meg has also provided details about the plants used throughout them and information on how the gardens came to be created.
How many times on tour did we try to guess what a certain plant was? Now we have a source for that information and a reference for the future as we plan our future outdoor retreats.
Meg’s posts really are a must-read for anyone curious about the plants that work in Richmond or just wanting to be reminded of the stunning grounds showcased last week.
Meg’s blog was new to us, but as we have had the time to read through it, we have become more informed and inspired. We are thrilled to add The Well-Dressed Garden to our must-read list and think that you will be, too. Happy Gardening!