This weekend I was priviledged to be able to spend several hours at the Portland Yard, Garden and Patio Show at my brother-in-law's display garden greeting people and answering questions.
Now, this show is, for me, the official start of my spring. All the beautiful display gardens, plants, tools, yard art, etc., just get me itching to get dirty. And with the mild winter we've had, I've already started.
Matt Sander Landscaping is owned and operated by my brother-in-law, Matt Sander, with his brother, Mark Sander, and nephew, Damian Sander, meeting their clients wishes and dreams. They and their staff design and install all aspects of the yard of your dreams. And their award winning display garden this year shows how, in even a small yard, you can have a place for everyone.
For a bit of serenity, there was a nice water feature that you could sit beside and let the waters calm you. Water flows over the back wall into a pool that ou could have some water plants and fish.
They built 14' x 16' covered outdoor kitchen with a couple of eating areas - a beautiful table for you and guests, set and decorated by my sister, Kathy Sander, and a little bar area with a couple of stools so you can converse with the cook in style. Areas under the grill and counter can house a small refrigerator and cabinets for storage.
After dinner, you and your guests can retire to the firepit with post-prandial cigars and beverages of choice and great conversation.
Kids at loose ends while the adults converse? Keep them occupied for hours in this fun sand area. No kids? A nice hammock here would bring the beach to your backyard. A good book and iced beverage and you wouldn't get me out of here all summer!
I had a ball talking with all the people that flowed through on Saturday. If you are looking for ideas for your outdoor areas, visit your local garden shows for great ideas.
Have a great week!