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Garden Path Ideas

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Not only practical, a garden path can enhance the overall appearance of your garden. This is a guide about garden path ideas.
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August 15, 20052 found this helpful

I have 3 teenagers and a 9 year old. We went rock "hunting" and searched all over for free wood chips. Filled the truck load after load and layed the chips down on top of plastic. And made this garden path on the side of our home. We trimmed some trees and made trellises. The only thing we purchased for the garden path was a birdbath I got for Mother's Day and some flats of flowers...we love it. The best compliment I received was "Dang Tracey, I feel like I should be paying to walk on your path".

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By Tracey

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April 24, 20060 found this helpful

I read your explanation of how you guys hunted for free materials and built the path, but when the picture finally appeared on my slow computer, I was amazed at how beautiful it really is. It looks like a path from a Disney film, it must be a wonderful place to be after a long day. If everyone believed in their own ability to create like you guys did, imagine how stunning the world would be.

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May 3, 2006

Jupiter's Beard is a good cut flower. It self seeds. They need little water and is surviving in poor clay soil here on the "Path Garden". It could be a weed soon. LOL

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

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August 6, 20080 found this helpful

I am growing Jupiters Beard along the springhouse at my parents house. The plant does not stand upright, it lays in the grass. Any suggestions as to what I am doing wrong? Thank you.

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February 25, 2012

Freesia from Moorpark, CA

Lavender freesia in the front yard. Most are white right now. I saw a red one open in The Path Garden today.

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May 11, 2006

Beautiful Garden Path

A garden path can be functional and it can be so much more. Functional paths provide safe and efficient routes of travel through your garden. They cut down on tracking mud into the house, and act as anchors to surrounding plants. But garden paths can also be works of art.

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June 16, 2008

Save Water - Build a Path!

If you have a spot in your yard that is hard to reach with water, or you simply want to save on your water bill or conserve, build a path!

Save Water - Build a Path!

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April 6, 2010

This is the start of my new walkway.The concrete squares will be staggered. I'd like to plant tiny flowers or something that has runners with some color where the new soil will be. Any suggestions? Izzy Bella (former Keeper's new puppy entry) loves to be outside and into everything.
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Hardiness Zone: 7a

By Keeper from NC

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June 1, 20100 found this helpful

There also are some interesting "walkables" that are designed to go between the steps...you can also do them on the side, but then if they run over a bit, it's not a big deal if you step on them. There are some sedum varieties that grow along the ground versus up.

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June 5, 20100 found this helpful

I want to thank you for your suggestions.I'm slow going but all good things come to those who wait...Right?:-). Izzy,my 5 month old fur baby loves to garden along with me but she's got things backwards. I plant and she comes from behind and digs them up so she's being taught in reverse now.

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November 28, 2013

I would love to someday have a beautiful garden with walkways, water features, and more. I was wondering if I could 1/2 bury recycled tin cans to use as planters as well as a garden path border. My question is would they last. I don't want something that will disintegrate over the course of 2-5 years. I want something that will last and that I won't have to change out too often and end up hurting my plants.

Thanks for any info you can give me.

By Momma Ruby from KY

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December 2, 20130 found this helpful

Tin cans will rust and disintegrate. They will leave debris in the garden and you can cut your hands on it. Plastic or aluminum won't rust and won't disintegrate. You could even cut the bottoms off and once the plants have a good root system pull the plastic container out of the ground, gently take the plant out of the pot and pop it into the hole that it came out of.

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July 24, 2011

I heard voices in the garden and opened the gate to find a little girl signing my guest book. She had brought the painting to the garden with her dad. She had set it on the ground near a big rock.

The Dad said her older sister had asked them to bring her painting to "the secret garden" for her. I was very touched that a child would paint a picture for the garden and told them we would put a frame on it and hang it for everyone to see.

One day I'll have to let you take a peek at the nice things people say in the guest book.

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

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July 25, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you Vi for sharing that sweet story and new pictures of your Secret Garden. I think you should maybe ask that nice little girl to bring her sister over one afternoon and serve them tea and cookies. Or maybe lemonade and cookies. They would never forget that experience.

Your garden reflects love, caring and lots of attention, and children, even little boys, respond to those qualities, and always to the beauty of a garden. I think they relate it to Eden, maybe, and the stories they've read or heard about the Garden of Eden.

Lee

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January 6, 2014

With winter being so bad in many parts of the country now I hope everyone will enjoy the roses that we have blooming in the yard. Some of them are as big as my hand.

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With winter being so bad in many parts of the country now I hope everyone will enjoy the roses that we have blooming in the yard. Some of them are as big as my hand.

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Moorpark, Ca. Our yard.

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Vi

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October 31, 2014

succulents in clay pot

A lady from another neighborhood was walking her granddaughter through the garden. She said her daughter lives in our area and she babysits every week for her. She comes down the garden path a lot ...

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May 28, 2010

after a bath

A nice person asked me to send these two pictures in so people could see the difference from our side of the path and the other side of the green belt. This path runs through from our block to the school.

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October 31, 2014

blooming succulent with purple flower

A friend donated this plant. I don't know the name, she collects succulents and has many. She doesn't know the names of all of them yet. But the flowers are so pretty and there were 6-8 on the one plant this year. Now they are growing so fast and I will move more of them around in The Path Garden and will have to plant some in pots for the "plant give away" next spring. I pray that we'll get rain this year. The Path Garden isn't doing well with out it.

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September 27, 2011

Two Praying Statues

Another surprise tucked away in the garden today. These look to be wooden dolls, but may be resin. I picked up one and the far hand is missing. So I sat it back and will go look tomorrow and glue them down where they were left, on the ladder.

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January 29, 2012

The Path Garden (Jan. 2012), a lavender rose, fully opened.

When it comes to rose buds, I love the clear colors and so pure, as this white one from the Path Garden. Here is another Angel Face, full opened. Enjoy each in their own beauty.

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May 26, 2010

fish

Some one has left garden art at the Path garden and at our gate. One day we had this angel at the gate, and another that was left with a broken head that had been fixed and a leg in pieces left on a tree stump.

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May 4, 2006

garden path support

Because our yard is 2 steps down from "The Path Garden" and we had to pile dirt (sand bags) up to keep the rain from flooding the back yard. So we just built the planting area like a raised bed.

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August 8, 2011

White Garden Angel Statue

Here is the newest angel left in The Path Garden. Once again someone has left a surprise in the garden. Always a treat to find treasures to delight visitors as they stroll through the garden.

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September 7, 2011

Iris Bed in Path Garden

We are working to make a new iris bed on the "Path Garden". This spot was damaged some by the renters in the house next to this short wall. So we've decided to add some donated tiles to make it a home for bearded iris.

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May 28, 20100 found this helpful

Here are some 2010 photos of "The Path Garden". Yes, I am still able to keep this corner of my world blooming. We have had some rain this year which has helped a lot with the water bill.

By Great Granny Vi

Spring on

Spring on

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Spring on "The Path Garden"

Awesome "Path Garden". I love the colors. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed your profile also. (04/27/2010)

By keeper60

Spring on "The Path Garden"

Your garden is lovely! I wish I had one like this in my yard. Aww, being an artist this really appeals to my visual delight. (04/30/2010)

By Artlady

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April 26, 20100 found this helpful

Spring on the

Here is a pretty flower from "The Path Garden", still don't know the name of it though.

By Great Granny Vi

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Spring on the "Path Garden"

I think that's a variety of allium. The foliage appears to be similar to that of daffodils/jonquils, which is what allium foliage looks like. And the bloom looks like allium, although most allium that I've seen are lavender to purple, depending upon the variety. Perhaps it looks more blue than lavender in the pic, but is lavender in 'real life'? The true test would be to dig down around the bulb, and if it smells like an onion, (sniff your hand, lol) it's allium! I love them in W. Central Ohio, mine bloom in May. I think I've gotten that 'aroma' when cutting off the stalks, too, but not certain.

I love your path garden! Your idea was very creative and I'm sure your neighborhood appreciates your labor of love! Keep the pics coming. I really enjoy looking at gardens. Guess it's because they're always SO pretty and I don't have to break a sweat! ;D Thanks, and good luck with your 'mystery flowers'! (04/01/2010)

By janiebean

Spring on the "Path Garden"

This looks like the same kind of flower to me. I don't know the name of it either, I call it my star flower! (04/01/2010)

By jackie.mantel

RE: Spring on the

Spring on the "Path Garden"

Looks like an agapanthus.
(04/02/2010)

By Plantpassion

Spring on the "Path Garden"

It looks like allium. If you break a piece off and it smells like onions, it is defiantly allium. (04/02/2010)

By kellyfive

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March 29, 20100 found this helpful

Here are some lovely pictures of Great Granny Vi's Garden Path.

Garden Path

Garden Path

Garden Path

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, Ca.

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Pictures of the Path Garden

Oh pretty flowers. (03/08/2006)

By meoowmom

Pictures of the Path Garden

What beautiful flowers you have. Thank you for sharing. I love looking at other people's gardens . (03/09/2006)

By FireFly1985

Pictures of the Path Garden

Simply Beautiful!!!! (03/10/2006)

By Karen in SC

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March 29, 20100 found this helpful

Yesterday two ladies came to my door thanking me for the garden. One told me her husband had died 4 weeks ago and would it be all right if she planted a rose bush in his memory in the garden. I told her yes, it is your garden, too.

Great Grannie Vi's Path Garden

Great Grannie Vi's Path Garden

Great Grannie Vi's Path Garden

Great Grannie Vi's Path Garden in November Before Planting
Before Planting in November 2004

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, Ca.

Editor's Note: When preparing these photos for publishing I recognized the pathway. GGVi had sent me pictures before she planted and said she planned to work on it. It certainly is beautiful! And what a wonderful thing to do for your neighborhood.

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Spring on the "Path Garden"

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! It must be amazing to see in person because it is gorgeous in pictures! Thank you for sharing! You definitely have a gift. (05/27/2006)

By Grandma Margie

Spring on the "Path Garden"

Thank you for sharing such a great idea and beautiful path. (05/30/2006)

By meoowmom

Spring on the "Path Garden"

What a wonderful area to work in, and look at, and share. God bless you for your kindness. (05/30/2006)

By siris.

Spring on the "Path Garden"

What a beautiful garden.....GrannyVi is always sharing things with all of us.....Bless you, granny!! (05/30/2006)

By janlee1513

Spring on the "Path Garden"

WOW!! What an incredible gift to your community!!! What inspired you to do this and how did you get started? My yard looks like the "before" photos. I don't have much of a green thumb but want to be a "great gardener." Can you give me some beginner tips?

Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden with us!

Tricia (05/30/2006)

By Tricia

Spring on the "Path Garden"

What a beautiful garden. I just retired and my back yard had a pool and desert landscaping, blah. I am going to make my back yard a place of beauty. I'm sure it will take me a long time to have it half as beautiful as yours. Planting a rose in honor of your neighor was just a wonderful gesture.
I walk around my neighborhood and thank people that make my walk more enjoyable because of their hard work on their yards. Thanks again for your time. (05/31/2006)

By Linda from Las Vegas.Nv

Spring on the "Path Garden"

absolutely the most beautiful spot that I have seen in a long while....wish I lived where I could see it everyday....thanks for sharing it with us.... (06/01/2006)

By Debbie

Spring on the "Path Garden"

Thank you everyone for the kind words. I'll tell you it was in self defence that I started the garden. We have lived here for 32 years.About 28 -29 years ago, I was in the back yard when I heard kids playing, They were wanting to start a "Campfire" in the leaves from the Eucalyptus trees, So I got out my hose and started watering just in case. It was so unnerving that I had my hubby put in a gate so I could keep an eye on that pathway.Since I was able to have ready access, I saw all kinds of trash being thrown out there. Including graffiti, drug paraphernalia,condoms,new and used,dirty diapers,bottles,cans and other trash. Plus big dog poop.I have had to battle kids every year,they come and pull up the plants and flower tops and in general just distroy things. But I am a stubborn woman. I will continue replanting as long as I can. It is reward enough when people drop off plants,seeds and just a thank you as they stroll by.We have had only one small area of graffiti in many years and that happened when I was in the hospital. If you are out and about watering weeding, people will notice and say how wonderful, the job you do, funny they never think to say" How can I help? " Would be nice if they would offer to pay a few dollars on a months water bill or buy snail bait , Or better yet help in the garden once a month. Wishful thinking I guess. But I am happy to keep my little corner of the world a nicer place to be. And Tricia, rake up the dirt, throw seeds of your choice and water in. Sprinkle every day for 14 days and when you see the plants start to grow , water once a week. I'll be happy to send you some of the seeds I have collected to help you get started. That goes for any of the others that would like some. Just send me an email through thrifty fun. Happy gardening Hugs, GG Vi (06/23/2006)

By Great Granny Vi

RE: Spring on the

Spring on the "Path Garden"

This what the path looks like on the other side of the greenbelt form the garden path. GG Vi (06/23/2006)

By Great Granny Vi

RE: Spring on the

Spring on the "Path Garden"

This is great. I'm 26 and got a new house here in Dallas TX. I just woke up one morning and decided on gardening. Now I have to gardening bug. I love it. I even got my mother growing greens at her house. The average food travels 1200 miles before it gets to your door. Just something to think about. I have learned a lot about gardening from youtube. I just type in how to grow something and I watch a short video on it.

The net is your best source of info. I even though about planting fruit trees and not regular cover trees for my new home. I've got tons of ideas if anyone wants some advice. j30mack @ yahoo.com for questions. (11/11/2008)

By Jor

Spring on the "Path Garden"

Beautiful garden!What a great way to make use of the space and give people something wonderful to enjoy!
Thanks for sharing your inspiration and the pictures! (01/25/2009)

By Dorsi

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