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.



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