I mentioned a while back that I’m working with one of my good childhood friends, Danylo Kosovych, to put a vegetable garden onto our property. (Kindergarten photo below: Danylo is the blonde boy under the 1987-1988 writing and I’m to the left of the writing with the awesome mushroom cut. —Thanks for that Mom! :/ )
Danylo owns Organic Edible Gardens and specializes in organic edible landscaping in Northern Virginia.
I love the designs that he & his designer John have come up with. John’s drawings are gorgeous!!
Our house is a cedar contemporary but I tend to like more classical gardens and have always loved the idea of a “garden with paths” so the design was a bit of a challenge.
Here’s another picture of our house before we bought it & added the patio:
The garden will be going to the right of the house along the fence and it will be as deep as the house. This was a tough decision for us to make because it will reduce the size of our “playing field” and we’re constantly playing soccer or football or something else out there:
…But we decided to give it a go because the yard is still going to be large enough to play football or soccer even with the garden.
Besides where we were going to put the garden, we also had a bunch of other decisions to make: raised beds or in-ground beds? What should the paths be made out of? Should we go symmetrical/classical or more casual/ meandering like the rest of the landscaping at our place? My biggest fear was (and is!) that the type of garden I really love doesn’t exactly “go” with the style of my home.
I collected a bunch of images on pinterest of gardens that I loved and of course, I was drawn to the more classic gardens. Many had brick paths…
All had a series of paths because I want us to be able to enjoy actually being “in” the garden vs. just being beside it.
Seeing a garden like this made me think that we could maybe try to combine the more classical gardens with country ones and maybe make it work with my rustic-modern home. Can we get away with it??? And the grass paths are just what we’ll be doing. which I think really relaxes the look and will blend it better with our house.
And of course, one of my favorite local places to visit is Mount Vernon:
It’s going in now so I’ll be sure to post pictures once it’s all planted!!! I can’t wait!!! And of course, thanks so much to Danylo and his team for everything!!! They were so patient with my craziness and are incredibly creative and know their stuff. If you’re in the DC-VA area and are looking for a kitchen garden or eco-friendly landscape in general, definitely check out the Organic Edible Gardens website & get in touch. They’re amazing!!!
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