logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Landscaping Site

BellaOnline's Landscaping Editor

g

Heirloom Gardens


Heirloom gardens aren’t new. The concept has been around for years. These are sometimes referred to as folk gardens, a term I first heard over five years ago when I attended a lecture by author Jo Ann Gardner at Cornell University.

According to Gardner, folk gardening is another term for cottage gardens. She said these can be seen in most parts of the western world, including Europe, Britain, and even the Middle East.

Sometimes these gardens are known as “granny’s garden.” Michael Weishan refers to them as traditional gardening in his magazine and his books.


Common Ties and Garden Traditions

Whether we refer to them as heirloom gardens, cottage gardens, or folk gardens, these focus on the old fashioned way of doing things, whether its plant selection or garden design. This also involves ethnic gardens of all sorts from that of the Native Americans to those of American immigrants. Each ethnic group brings its own traditions and repertoire of favorite plants to the gardening palette.


Heirloom Varieties

The plants are generally heirloom varieties. Unlike modern hybrids, these
have retained their romantic, old-fashioned charm. And they’re more likely to be fragrant than contemporary varieties.

For some years the heirloom garden approach seemed to fade into obscurity. In those days everything modern became quite desirable. Then, the Seed Savers Exchange and other similar groups began grassroots effort to save these valuable varieties. The heirloom/folk garden is largely a response to urbanization, suburban sprawl, and a loss of tradition.

Heirloom Garden Style
This is a down-home, back-to-basics garden style that’s especially suitable for those living in older homes. It is also suitable for new traditional-style houses that have been erected in new subdivisions.
Such a garden ties the house to the land, and gives us a sense of place. Otherwise the landscape would seem sterile and isolated.
Whether you live in a 1960’s ranch-style home or a saltbox, the tradition of the folk garden has much to offer.

Add Heirloom+Gardens to Twitter Add Heirloom+Gardens to Facebook Add Heirloom+Gardens to MySpace Add Heirloom+Gardens to Del.icio.us Digg Heirloom+Gardens Add Heirloom+Gardens to Yahoo My Web Add Heirloom+Gardens to Google Bookmarks Add Heirloom+Gardens to Stumbleupon Add Heirloom+Gardens to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Landscaping Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
talk
Talk to Editor
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Connie Krochmal. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Connie Krochmal. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Connie Krochmal for details.

g


g features
Recommended Persimmon Species

The Olive Tree

Shrubby and Tree-like Plants for Warm Climates

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor