“Green Grove” by Gigi & Vimal

“Green Grove” by Gigi & Vimal

Houseplant Gardens – 2nd Place (Tie)

Garden description: We love nature and house plants help us bring nature home into our living spaces. And we strongly believe that you can never have too many plants πŸ™‚

Who are the gardeners? My husband Vimal and I are the two people who take care of our house plants. We discovered our love for plants two years ago when we set up our home together. Since then we’ve turned into “plant parents” inspiring a lot of friends and family to grow plants inside their homes.

Why do you garden? We love plants and having plants inside the house help purify air and calm the mind while giving your house a vibrant look. We even enjoy the process of shopping for planters and rearranging the plants inside the house to improve aesthetics.

How has gardening impacted you during this time? Being plant parents and taking care of them has been therapeutic for us and has been the best feeling during the last year. We fell in love with plants and hence have been having more and more plants at home.

What do you have in your garden? A variety of vining plants( Jade and queen marble pothos, heart leafed Philodendron), Pilea, a range of succulents ( 3 kinds of Aloe vera, Jade, Joseph’s coat, Christmas Cactus, Fairy Castle, Cylindrical Snake plant, Zeylanica Snake Plant), Mass Cane, Red edged Dracaena, Twisted bamboo, Petra croton, ZZ Plant, Money Tree ( Pachira Aquatica), Ficus Ginseng Bonsai, a small umbrella tree, few tillandsia air plants, an agave plant and a Norfolk Island Pine tree. This year I also experimented with some sedum varieties( Red carpet and lemon coral) indoors.

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? We had issues with Spider Mites in our Norfolk Pine tree and some fungus gnats in one pothos plant. Neem Oil spray helped with spider mites and redoing the soil helped with the gnats. We noticed that bamboo and dracaena were sensitive to chlorinated water from the tap when we first got them. So now we only use filtered water for all our plants. I use organic plant food and sometimes used tea leaves or ginger water. I also use a humidifier to maintain air humidity as a lot of my plants are tropical.

 

 

 
“Tiny Porch Conservatory” by Eric Hoover, Jason Hoover, and Paul Henry

“Tiny Porch Conservatory” by Eric Hoover, Jason Hoover, and Paul Henry

Houseplant Gardens – 1st Place

Garden description: Living in Trolley Square is a lot of fun, but when it comes to gardening it has its challenges. Our cumulative gardening space of front, back, and side yards amount to only 0.02 acres! In order to maximize our gardening space and exposure to the natural world, we expanded to the great indoors. This 3-season porch is a perfect place to read a book, work from home, take a zoom call, or just take a nap in a safe and peaceful place.

Who are the gardeners? The gardeners are twins Jason & Eric Hoover, who are also Delaware Natives and Paul Henry who moved to Delaware from Harrisburg. All three enjoy every aspect of gardening, from the creation of a beautiful space, to seeing what insects and animals move in, to bringing the garden beyond its borders by sharing plants with friends.

Why do you garden? We garden because we find an inherent joy in creating life. Our gardening creates life through the plants that grow in it, the insects that thrive in it, and the rippling effects that they have on the rest of the ecosystem. Additionally, we create life by making a beautiful space that brings people together, seeing its beauty from outside the space, and the rippling effects that these positive interactions have on the rest of the community. We also garden because we love teaching people about the wonders of nature. For example: each summer monarch and swallowtail caterpillars grace our garden, and each year we watch them become larger and larger until they turn into beautiful chrysalises, and ultimately in the fall transform into stunning butterflies. Witnessing this process is an experience that can inspire a non-gardener to bring home their first milkweed seeds to start a pollinator garden of their own.

How has gardening impacted you during this time? Gardening has always been a great way to disconnect from the busy world around us and find solace by reconnecting with our natural world. We have been particularly blessed by our space this year because it offers a perfect place to work from home.

What do you have in your garden? During the spring, summer, and fall it houses some of our favorite low-sun plants such as Ferns, Coleus, Spider Plant, Jade, Tradescantia Pallida (Wandering Jew), a small Saguaro, and a variety of succulents During the winter, the indoor space is used to winterize our plants that can’t survive the cold on their own. The five windows in this small porch give the space lots of light, and the high walls allow for 3 layers of shelves, which is enough to move a large portion of our garden indoors.

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? No – we are incredibly careful to keep pests under control indoors because they can get out of hand so quickly. Since most of our indoor plants are non-native, they tend to be resistant to most local pests anyway.

 

 

 

 

“Indoor Greenery” by Charlie Ingersoll

“Indoor Greenery” by Charlie Ingersoll

Houseplant Gardens – 2nd Place (Tie)

Garden description: I enjoy having a variety of indoor plants. I tend to “push the limit” in what I try to grow. Begonias are a challenge. I try several orchids. In the winter months is a pleasure to have areas of color. Bulbs are a great addition.

Who are the gardeners? My partner, Dick, laughs and says when the plants come in during the fall he needs to move out. He is a good sport and assists in watering and moving the bigger pots about. I spend about an hour or two a week watering and fertilizing.

Why do you garden? I enjoy the challenge and the rewards of watching a plant grow and develop. If it is a flowering plant, it is a great treat when it comes into bloom. Of course there is always the possibility of a plant dying but you just move on and try again. I also enjoy sharing plants with others. One type of begonia has moved into several new homes.

How has gardening impacted you during this time? Having plants to work with, watch grow and enjoy their beauty has been a great pleasure. The routine of caring for them is a positive when there are times the days just seem to evaporate with no sense of a job done.

What do you have in your garden? The three plants are; Spathiphyllum – peace lilly; Adiantum – maidenhair fern and Ludisia discolor – jewel orchid

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? Scale, mealy bugs and a few other pests are always an issue. I use soap sprays and organic sprays in moderation.

 

 

 

 

 
“Donnita’s Sunroom Cozy Reading Nook” by Donnita Scott

“Donnita’s Sunroom Cozy Reading Nook” by Donnita Scott

Houseplant Gardens – 3rd Place

Garden description: I rarely used the sunroom until the pandemic. Gathered my favorite plants around me especially the Christmas cactus I inherited from a neighbor who retired to Montana. It feels like an outdoor oasis but inside has become my happy place.

Who are the gardeners? I always enjoyed botany, so followed the joy of house plants.

Why do you garden? I enjoy my houseplants for relaxation and natural beauty.

How has gardening impacted you during this time? During the pandemic I found myself enjoying quiet time catching up with books, newspapers and magazines.

What do you have in your garden? Christmas cactus, blooming palm plant, potted pothos

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? None so far. These varieties are good for the sunroom.