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My Garden

Part billboard, part research & experiments, and low maintenance by design; my garden has been featured on numerous garden tours, including the 2015 City of Newark Backyard Habitat Tour, the Delaware Nature Society’s Enviro-Friendly Garden Tour, and in 2011 the Newark Arts Alliance Garden Tour.

The front yard is designed to be easy-care and attractive in all four seasons.

Water collects in the side yards because of our gutters, so I have been experimenting with rain gardens, butterfly habitat, and other sustainable design elements. See more photos of my rain garden on the Rain Garden Portfolio page.

In the back yard I try out new plants and plant combinations, grow some food plants, and try to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Contact us


Additional images

Front yard in winter

Front yard in spring

Front yard in summer

Front yard in fall

Front yard during the 2011Newark Arts Alliance Garden

Tour. Bench & birdbath by artist Celeste Kelly


The east rain garden in fall. The plants soak up extra

water, provide screening and color, as well as bird and

butterfly habitat

Native Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) with

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) at one end of the

rain garden

A rare Pipevine Swallowtail on my Purple Coneflower

(Echinacea) in July 2011


Rear Garden: Wild Columbine (Aqualegia canadensis

Corbet) and Crested Iris (Iris cristata Powder Blue Giant),

both native wildflowers

Rear Garden: Fall foliage of Crested Iris (yellow), Bearded

Iris and Bluestar Juniper, covered with red leaves from a

Japanese Maple (Acer palmateum)

Mount Airy Fothergil with Variegated Japanese Kerria

(Kerria japonica Picta) blooming yellow and the pink

blossoms of Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra spectabilis)

In 2009, we installed a new fence in the back yard. This

spring, the Redbud and the Dogwood bloomed at the same


The back corner for the 2011 NAA Garden Tour. Bench by

artist Celeste Kelly

Rear lawn during the 2011 NAA Garden Tour. Benches and

birdbath by artist Celeste Kelly

Vegetable beds in June: Plants include tomatoes, eggplant,

peppers, swiss chard, red leaf lettuce, garlic and potatoes.

An asparagus bed is to the left. Stepping stones by artist

Celeste Kelly -photo taken during 2011 NAA Garden Tour

Yellow Daylily (Hemerocallis) and St Johnswort

(Hypericum Sungold) with Butterfly Bush (Buddlea) and

Beebalm (Monara didyma Blue Stockings)


Siberian and German Irises with Clematis on the

Rhododendron in the background

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird sitting in my


Baby House wrens waiting for mama (who is squawking

at me from the tree behind)

Monarchs on the Hardy Ageratum in my rain garden