Friday, June 26, 2015

Container gardening with Crystal Godfrey

A big crowd gathered as Crystal created a waterfall
container at the entrance to the Halifax Public Gardens. 
Last weekend we celebrated National Gardening Days here in Canada, and I spent a good portion of the weekend at the Halifax Public Gardens. Tough life, I know!

Saturday was a perfect day and I had the opportunity to give a seminar in the bandstand in the middle of the gardens - definitely an incredible setting for a seminar!
Crystal Godfrey, who owns Secret Gardens by Crystal, a local container gardening and garden design company, also gave a talk that day and I was so inspired by her, I wanted to share some of it with you..

To find out more about Crystal, visit her website here. Facebook page here. Twitter here.

During her seminar, Crystal created a beautiful planter!

Love the combo of foliage and flowers! 

Her booth was filled with dozens of large and small
containers with all manner of plants. Certain
pots were even planted to be bird,
hummingbird, or pollinator friendly. 

This wheelbarrow was an edible food garden with peppers,
blueberries and plenty of herbs.

Love the variety of containers!

And the colour contrasts! Talk about eye-popping!

Crystal often uses perennial foliage plants in her pots. At the
end of the season, they go in the garden. 

Perennials, annuals, grasses and more!

Some of her pots had very touchable plants!

Corkscrew rush is a unique plant with a very unusual texture!

After her talk, Crystal created a waterfall planter from scratch.

Planting the first plants - supertunias, petunias, African daisies and more.

Almost done! Don't get soil in the water! :)

The finished planter - and it works! Did I mention it was solar

Ta da! 

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