My name is Lisa Orgler and I love teaching garden design in a fun and simple way. Click here to learn more.

An Up North Theme Garden

An Up North Theme Garden

Many of you know that I love theme gardens and especially enjoy helping others develop them too. Several years ago I created a fun and simple process to help budding designers collect and organize their ideas for unique outdoor spaces.  Many of us want to jump in and start placing plants in the ground without a plan, so this process helps us take a step back and gather our thoughts before putting pen to paper (or shovel to ground!)

I hope you've had a chance to read about the process in my eBook: THE PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY GARDEN. You can download it for free here.  I've also developed an online workshop for those that would like to jump in, try the process and get feedback from me along the way.  It's called CREATING A THEME GARDEN IDEA BOOKLET.  

What I love most about this workshop is that I (plus all the participants) get to see a variety of theme gardens develop step-by-step. It's incredibly inspiring. Though you have to be in the workshop to see most of them, I'd like to start highlighting some of them here. They are too good not to share! 

Below is the first one titled: UP NORTH. This theme was developed by Kat Medford who was inspired by her summer trips to northern Michigan. It connected to me because I've always dreamed of having a formal garden in the middle of a woodland. Please note that her original idea booklet was filled with many more ideas, photographs and lots of notes, but since I had limited space here I only grabbed the highlights, then re-illustrated her ideas (hopefully I got it right!).  I hope you enjoy a peek into Kat's dream garden.


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North Arrows

North Arrows

Elevation to Plan

Elevation to Plan