On the third day of the Denver Garden Bloggers Fling we visited the home garden of Rob Proctor and David Macke. Rob Proctor used to be the director of horticulture at the Denver Botanic Gardens, so I was looking forward to this visit with keen anticipation.
The front garden suggests a garden designed with Denver’s dry climate very much in mind.
I loved the parkway plantings, so colorful with purple Salvias, pink hardy Geraniums, and yellow Achilleas.
To get to the back garden, we had to make our way through the house.
Emerging outdoors again, we came into a garden with a very different feel.
For one thing, there are some 600 containers filled with succulents and flowering annuals.
How on earth do they water them all?
Looking from the patio at by the house, you can see a sort of double-decker gazebo towards the back of the garden.
An herb garden carpeted with Thyme.
There are long borders that suggest Victorian lushness with abundant roses and flowering trees. Still, the garden is designed with the limited rainfall in mind. For example, beds are sunk below grade level so that they can collect water.
Overall the garden is just a third of an acre and yet it seems much larger. There is always another border, another planting, another seating area to discover.
A really sumptuous mix of flower and foliage colors.
Someone told me the name of this plant, but now I forget. It’s boldly handsome, yet somehow ominous. It seems to be whispering, “feed me!”
Hardly an opportunity missed anywhere to place another flowering container.
Ah, to sit beneath the flowering boughs.
There were some truly massive Weigelas just bursting with bloom.
Update: I meant to include this picture of the house from the far end of the borders.
Another seating area, this one beneath a flotilla of hanging baskets.
And here are Rob Proctor and David Macke, who generously shared their home and garden with roughly 100 garden fanatics from across the country. In addition to his career at the Denver Botanic Garden, Rob Proctor has written nearly 20 gardening books and makes frequent television appearances.
On a third of an acre they have created a world apart, a world that seems to be a hybrid of the Front Range and an English garden from a bygone day.