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Garden Tours: ge1836, Jo Ann Gentle

By Sharon
October 1, 2011

Welcome to a special feature at All Things Plants: Garden Tours. Each week we'll take you on a tour of the lovely gardens of one of our members. Join us now as we travel to New York to see the gardens created by Jo Ann Gentle. I think you are going to love what you see! (Be sure to click each image for an enlarged view.)

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Sep 30, 2011 6:19 PM CST
Sharon: Thank you so much for this wonderful garden tour!

Jo Ann: Your gardens are a work of art, a masterpiece of so many interesting and lovely plants! I so enjoyed the tour so much that I'm going back to gaze at your beautiful photo's again ... Great Job! Thumbs up
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Sep 30, 2011 6:38 PM CST
Wow is right. Amazing what you have done. The placing of plants is beautiful, the colors are wonderful.
Thank you Sharon and Jo Ann for this garden tour full of eye candy.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Sep 30, 2011 7:15 PM CST
What a huge garden! Great tour. So many plants to look at and you have a done a great job with you colors. Awesome!
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hummingbirder Region: New Jersey Dog Lover
Seed Starter Container Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Onewish1
Sep 30, 2011 7:55 PM CST
love the tour!!.. JoAnn you are the greatest!!
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Region: United States of America
Purslane Garden Art Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: North Carolina Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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vic
Oct 1, 2011 2:14 AM CST
Beautiful gardens! I love all your lilies Thumbs up
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Oct 1, 2011 2:24 AM CST
Thanks for your comments everyone. I had no idea just how compulsive and obcessive gardening could be until I had this space to fill.
Many gardeners have helped with plants and advise.
Name: Vi
Ocean Springs, MS (Zone 8b)
Irises Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America Region: Mississippi
Charter ATP Member Daylilies Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Garden Ideas: Level 2
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stetchworth
Oct 1, 2011 4:25 AM CST
Every inch of your garden is just beautiful, it must be wonderful just to walk around and enjoy everything that you have done.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Oct 1, 2011 4:45 AM CST
JoAnn, what a beautiful oasis you've created! I just love all your lilies. Isn't it amazing how a person can never have enough plants. Hilarious!
Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
Also stop by Timber Treasures and Garden Buddies on Cubits
Name: Patti
Nantucket or Vt
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
bbrookrd
Oct 1, 2011 7:11 AM CST
JoAnn, I am always happy to visit your special garden. Best show ever. Your tree peony is awesome. Patti
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Oct 2, 2011 6:29 AM CST
Hi Patty: Thanks. You have been a big help if you didnt realize it.
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Vegetable Grower Peonies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Lilies Irises
Dog Lover Daylilies Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: Iowa
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billyporter
Oct 3, 2011 11:06 AM CST
I couldn't have said it better. Wow is right! You pack so much into the beds you have and everything just grows so well! Every picture is just beautiful with no background clutter. I couldn't find a more restful place to meander!

I've seen bits and pieces, but I am amazed at what you have done.

PS, adore the bear :o)

Sally
A small town has no secrets except itself
Name: Patti
Nantucket or Vt
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
bbrookrd
Oct 5, 2011 3:55 PM CST
Jo Ann, Thanks for the compliment. I think seeing anyone's gardening projects helps. I have gleaned so many ideas from so many posters in bits and pieces that I feel like my garden is actually is an amalgamation of many other peoples gardens, including yours. And, I too want that bear!

I am up to my eye balls designing a new kitchen, bath, laundry, and dining space in our VT house that I am not on line much. The old space was rotten to the core and close to being dangerous. So when not in the garden, kitchen or studio, I have been glued to my desk drawing up the blue prints.

I am going to try to follow your lead and make the knobs for the cabinets as well as glaze back splash tiles for the kitchen. I found some hardware at the ceramic supply store that makes attachment easy. I am going to cheat and buy commercially made bisque tiles and just glaze them, either 4" or 6" white stoneware. I have a glaze kiln to fire on Oct 11, so I am going fire some test tiles at that time and hopefully find the right colors and a pattern that I like to use. This idea may be a pipe dream, but thought I should give it the old college try.

I have been putting up veggies, making jelly and starting to put the beds to bed before our big bulb planting. I went hog wild as usual with the bulb orders. Today we made a ginger, apple, hot pepper and basil jelly and some jars of a sun-gold tomato and basil conserve and then we pickled some green cherry tomatoes. Tomorrow is salsa day! Then I worked on getting the green house ready for winter. I cut back all my hippeastrums, now close to 75 of them, and then I pruned back a bunch of the bedded plants and an out of control jasmine vine, so the GH is now ready to have all the potted plants brought back inside from the porches. I have my dear friend coming from Brooklyn to visit on the 17th who said he would be happy to help with that back breaking job. Love those kind of friends.

I will post the results of my firing projects next week. Can't wait, but terrified as I am suppose to be in a Dec pottery show in Boston and I need everything to fire well enough to sell. I also need to produce another kiln worth of work asap. I guess I need to find a few more days in the week.

Here is part of our blank canvas. Not pretty now, but it will be, hopefully especially with the knotty pine gone for good. Patti


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