Each June, I look forward to our local garden walk. Visiting several local gardens in one day is always one of the highlights of summer. One of the highlights this past year was the garden of Mike and Susan Weber. The experience was nothing short of amazing.
The Webers have been cultivating their constantly-evolving gardens for nearly a quarter-century. By their own description, Mike is the plant expert and Susan is the designer. To the garden visitor's eye, their talents combine in a beautiful harmony. On my first visit to the garden, Mike took nearly an hour of his time to walk me through the gardens. He highlighted his favorite plants, talked about the history of each of the areas in their landscape, and even showed a sincere interest in my gardening background.
As I walked through the Weber garden with my camera, I hoped that my photos would express both Mike's encyclopedic knowledge, appreciation, selection and care of plants combined with Susan's eye for design aesthetics and plant combination. I now hope my words can convey how I've been inspired by the Webers to be a better gardener myself. They reminded me in so many ways that gardening is more than plants, soil and hardscape. Gardening -- at its core -- is about creating beautiful, healthy environments to share.