From The Desk Of Bill Varga

An article worth re-visiting! Yes, we can have the best of both worlds! Read on and explore the possibilities.    Dane Horrocks and I delivered an order to the Thanksgiving Point Gardens in late summer of 2017.  The garden had previously received a grant to construct a water efficient plant demonstration garden. Founders at Thanksgiving Point were skeptical of such an endeavor. Would it fit with the overall character of the master plan?    Lead garden designer, Esther Hendrickson, called Dane for plant availability suggestions. A collaboration was initiated to create a garden theme in context with other existing landscape spaces.   The Perennial Favorites team collected plants from our waterwise collection and with a delivery set a plant construction date was established.    On that warm day in 2017, we and Thanksgiving Point staff and volunteers, staged and planted hundreds of plants to enable visitors to see the potential value and see a possible alternative to traditional Utah landscapes.    What emerged from this collaborative effort was summarized on a tour last spring.  The garden founder simply stated, “What a lovely cottage garden.”     We all hope her comment can initiate a change in perception  Yes, here we have a ‘Utah Cottage Garden’. Unique to our climatic circumstance. A space that reminds the visitor of our past heritage but acknowledges our particular water needs of the intermountain west.    East can meet west.  The beauty of each combined to create that same sense of wonder we may have experienced at Anne Hathaway’s cottage garden at Stratford Upon Avon in England.  Visit for yourself and enjoy.  It’s just a matter of stacking blocks effectively.

The Wisdom of Will Rogers:
Don’t squat with your spurs on.
Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.
Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier ‘n puttin’ it back in.
If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back ever’ now and then to make sure it’s still there.
If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring.  He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.
Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
There’s two theories to arguin’ with a woman. Neither one works.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
Never slap a man who’s chewin’ tobacco.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or person, don’t be surprised if they learn their lesson.
The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.
There are 3 kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.

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