Designing an Old-Fashioned Cottage Garden

Designing an Old-Fashioned Cottage Garden

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An old-fashioned cottage garden is a magical place. It is one time beautiful and practical, wild and cultivated. It is a place of amazing smells and delicious food. I’ve been dreaming of the moment I could put in my long-term cottage garden, filled with culinary herbs, medicinal herbs, cosmetic herbs, cut flowers, veggies and quiet sitting places, for years! And here it is!

In this video Carolyn shows you the transformation from grass to (baby) cottage garden. We’ll talk about the plants that are in it and about the design ideas that helped shape it.

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