Barn Garden – an homage to the past
Annette Shrader tours a unique home garden in rural Tennessee. The tobacco barn once stood at the front of the property. That footprint of the barn is now home to a garden filled with shrubs, perennials, trees and annuals. The selections were made that would allow wildlife to hide, birds to nest, and pollinators to find support. Relics of the past are also incorporated, which illustrate the bygone era.
Plants Featured in this Clip
SALIX matsudana x S. alba (Willow hybrid) 'Scarlet Curls'
IRIS domestica (Blackberry lily)
ROSEMARINUS officinalis 'Arp'
- Larkspur is a true annual, easy to start from seed, and is likely to reseed itself year after year.
- At maturity, Scarlet Curls Willow is 30' tall with a spread of 15-20'.
Born and raised on a farm, I’ve always appreciated the smell and feel of fresh earth. When we purchased our home 35 years ago, it had some land, but not a single flower. I began the process of plotting and planning garden beds and borders, and have not stopped. Looking out at this mature landscape, it gives me a sense of accomplishment here in my own botanical garden. On her producer role with Volunteer Gardener, Annette says “These are treasured experiences. The passion that people have for their gardens sends me home feeling refreshed, and challenged.