Growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area. With a wiener dog.

October 18, 2011

Showing courtesy when visiting a garden

When you visit a garden, you should stay on the paths. A good garden design has paths, such as flagstone, or stepping stones, a sidewalk, or maybe just fine gravel. Walking up into the garden is as poor manners as walking on someone's dining room table. Don't do it.

If you are familiar with gardening, you know why. There may be tiny plants just beginning to sprout, and your clumsy feet will crush them. Also, your weight can crush loosely-packed garden soil, or your clumsy feet can kick the watering heads. Stay out!

I am happy to have people visit The Tropical Paradise, but I watch with horror when they stroll up into the garden, killing plants and kicking watering heads and misters, which I have to go repair later on. I have excellent garden paths, made from flagstone, set in solidly and grouted. If you have people who are *walking on the dining room table* in your garden, it's probably because you have not designed a logical path for them to stay on. Make that part of you gardening project. People will want to see your garden. And they will need a place for their feet!

Please don't walk into my garden - unless you are a wiener dog!

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