Gardeners nationwide are truly living in their gardens. Gardening is not just your grandmother’s pastime anymore; it’s one of the most popular hobbies sweeping the interests of men and women of all ages. Whether people are trying their hand at backyard organic vegetables or creating beautiful bouquet gardens, the art of gardening is definitely on the rise.
But, gardening is no longer just a chore or a place to work. Gardens have become chic entertaining venues, dining spaces and living areas.
Garden designer Jenny Peterson, of J Peterson Garden Design, has seen this trend grow with every season. “My clients are now seeing their gardens as gathering areas for their families and friends, so we have whole areas dedicated to seating and outdoor furniture,” she said. Peterson has worked on designing gardens to hold everything from meditation areas to patio furniture collections in recent years.
“The things you would normally do inside, they are now doing outside, and want a good space to do it,” Peterson said. And many gardeners are asking themselves if there’s any better space than a garden.
“Gardens are both peaceful and celebratory,” said Cassie Phillips, an avid gardener who enjoys cultivating her garden room along with her plants and flowers. “Nothing puts me more at ease than being surrounded by nature and nothing livens up a party like the growing joy of a blooming lily.”
The versatility of the garden, paired with the eagerness gardeners take to showing off their handiwork, creates a flawless platform for living spaces. Whether lazily flipping through a favorite novel on a porch swing, or hosting a garden soiree with champagne and teak patio furniture, a well planted garden can do nothing but enhance your experience.
Recently, more and more people are looking for outdoor furniture for their garden, instead of just their porches and gazebos. People are moving their living spaces to be an integral part of their garden in increasingly interesting ways each season. It’s more than just arranging patio furniture, using arbors and pergolas helps define spaces while letting flowering vines grow vertically to create living walls and spacers.
What’s your favorite way to bring living spaces out into the garden?