Knot Garden Not Goin' Happen in My Garden

When I went to White River Gardens on Sunday, I spent some time looking at this knot garden and for a brief, fleeting moment had thoughts of actually attempting something like this in my own garden. Then I read a little sign that said they trim these shrubs every two weeks. I like the look, but I'm not ready to take it on. Seems like it could quickly get out of hand. Not to mention it isn't really the "style" of my gardens, if I have a style.

They have other areas of the garden that look more like this:

A little bit wild and uncontrolled. Sometimes I think my garden looks like this, but not too often. This is actually part of a section of the garden that is more naturalized (obviously). This is a water garden area and behind me was more of a prairie area.

White River Gardens isn't big as far as public gardens grow, but they've managed to fit a lot into it.


  1. Carol, a knot garden is a real dream. I would like to have one in my garden. Since I have seen the knot garden of Barnsley-House in Britain, I'm in Love with one.


  2. We have a sunny area out front where I wanted to build an Herbal Knot Garden for display. Something you might see at an ancient European monastery. But alas it has been put on the “back burner” for now. I’ll keep it simmering there until I am ready.

  3. Knot goin' to happen here, either, for the same reasons! But I do like the look of a nicely clipped plant against a wild backdrop, I must admit.

  4. That is a lovely, perfect design as a setting for the bonsai. It's the kind of thing that I don't want to take care of, but would sure enjoy looking at - now which one of my friends could be convinced that they just have to own a knot garden...



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