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Sentiment Gardens Workshop-Cornerstone Garden

Treasured Memorabilia turns Memories into Gardens

Free Workshop Cornerstone Garden (414-B State Street)
September 3rd and September 10th at 10am
Beginning next door at The Secret Tea Room (412 State Street)
RSVP 392.4031

Strolling through the eclectic grounds of Cornerstone Garden in Greensboro,NC, several patrons openly expressed to store owner Diana Gardner-Williams that many keepsakes of loved ones past were difficult to part with.CornerstoneGardenis designed by using non-conventional items or pieces not necessarily found in the landscape, creating unique outdoor scenes or vignettes.

Stressful events such as loosing a loved one can lead to collecting because one often associates certain objects with the lost loved one.  Not letting go of “things” which may be viewed by others as unimportant, trivial, or even trash, is a physical way to “keep” the loved one who is no longer present. Popular television shows such as; Hoarding: Buried Alive and Hoarders have revealed the secret lives of those having difficulty in letting go of tangible objects after such events.

 All are welcome to a free workshop in Greensboro, N.C.at Cornerstone Garden to discuss the art of incorporating keepsakes into homes and gardens with a designer’s eye. Workshop will begin at The Secret Tea Room (412 State Street) at 10 am Saturday September 3rd and Saturday September 10th, 2011. Please call Diana for reservations at 336.392.4031. Individual questions can be answered after the tour.

Diana Gardner-Williams, store owner of Cornerstone Garden, is a professional landscape designer working under the name Diana Digs Dirt for the past 13 years. She began helping the community create memory gardens after the stillbirth of her son in 2003. “My family keepsakes are designed into my daily environment providing great comfort because of the emotional connections,” says Mrs. Gardner-Williams.

If interested, there will be a plant swap September 3rd 8:30am at Cornerstone Garden

 

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Cornerstone Garden Plant Swap October 1st-FREE

Walk away with a new plant on October 1st at Cornerstone Garden (414-B State Street)register your plant(s) at 11am. Please place plant in a container,within a plastic bag and label your plant.

A few plants Diana Digs Dirt will be swapping are;

Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtle
Raydon’s Favorite Aster
Sweet Autumn Clematis
Japanese Iris
Verbena
Autumn Joy Sedum
Carpet Sedum
 
Vervain
Hardy Begonia
Nandina Shrubs and more
 
Let’s get swapping!

Call Diana for more details or questions at 392.4031

If interested, a Sentiment Gardens workshop will begin at 10am following plant swap, demonstrating how to create home and garden vignettes with treasured keepsakes from loved ones past.

 
 
 

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Press Release-Cornerstone Garden

Formally My Secret Garden Blooms Again as

Cornerstone Garden by DianaDigsDirt

DianaDigsDirt, a professional landscape designer opens a new Greensboro

Garden Boutique April 30th, 2011 from 9am-7pm at 414-B State Street

The Greenboro resident, Diana Gardner-Williams of DianaDigsDirt has offered landscape consultations, design and installations to Triad area residents for over 13 years. She also schedules speaking engagements on the topics of memory gardens, drought-tolerate and deer resistant landscaping, green wedding design and other outdoor living ideas. Over 170 articles are located on her blog of 3 years, where comments are welcome and questions are answered. Diana stated, “Having a professional landscape designer fully explain the pros and cons of every plant will save the community dollars they can spend elsewhere. There are many plant properties other than just looking pretty and most serve a purpose.”

Cornerstone Garden shares an office with Andrea Halsey Photography, clearly delineated by quaint wooden signs within the garden. Most of the outdoor vignettes and water features were created from materials left behind from the former owner. The interior spaces were designed by utilizing roadside finds, thrift store bargains and everything salvaged from the outdoors. Local artisans will be offered space to sell artwork on a monthly basis; therefore, inventory will constantly change. Other products and services offered will include; plants, “green” sympathy and gift baskets, awareness garden flags and on-site workshops.

We invite the public to enjoy Cornerstone Garden within one of the several seating areas to chat, shop, or greenthumb through a large variety of gardening and landscape literature. Hours of operation, specials and workshops will be noted on the blog of DianaDigsDirt.com, Cornerstone Garden page.

   
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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Cornerstone Garden, My Secret Garden

 

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DianaDigs Balloon Flower

The balloon flower (above)is commonly known in the landscape world, but its cousin is definitely worthy in my garden.

 Botanical name, Campanula glomerata is low maintenance and blooms for 2 months, at least.

This perennial needs some shade from the hot afternoon sun, drought tolerate, deer resistant and if deadheaded, will bloom again. It is not invasive and works well in cottage style gardens or other informal landscapes in the backyard.

The size of this perennial is about 18 inches around and fits into the front of a perennial bed nicely.

DianaDigs Campanula glomerata!

at Cornerstone Garden 414 State Street in Greensboro

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Favorite Plants

 

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My Secret Garden now Cornerstone Garden

Blooming Begins at Cornerstone Garden by DianaDigsDirt

Formally “My Secret Garden” 414 State Street

 Grand Opening-Saturday April 30th 2011

Meander the gardens and talk to Diana of DianaDigsDirt, certified landscape designer of the Triad and primary sponsor of Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal. The garden will offer plants, garden art, produce and other outdoor items. Because of changing monthly vendors, information is located on the blog of DianaDigsDirt.com, under the Cornerstone Garden page. The State Street business district is unique and charming for pedestrians and Cornerstone Garden will offer strolling paths for garden enthusiasts, chatting or shopping. Andrea Halsey Photography is located in the front portion of the office with Cornerstone Garden occupying the rear entrance marked by the RED door.

DianaDigsDirt-certified landscape designer provides

  • Consultations, Landscape Designs and Installation
  • Speaking Engagements
  • “Green” Wedding Design
  • Residential and Commercial Memory Garden Design
  • “Green” Gift and Sympathy Baskets
  • Blog with over 160 articles, where comments are welcome and questions are answered

On site Workshops will provide information regarding

  • Drought and Deer resistant plants
  • Container Gardening
  • Medicinal Plants
  • Antiques in the Garden
  • DIY Projects and Outdoor Crafting
  • Composting and Vegetable Gardening
  • Low Maintenance Landscapes
  • Butterfly and Bird Friendly Gardens
  • Water Gardens and much more

DianaDigsDirt blog will provide hours of operation and other information on the Cornerstone Garden page. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Diana at, Diana@justacloudaway.com or 336.392.4031.

Looking for vendors to participate in the grand opening, interested businesses please email Diana.

 
 

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Diana Digs My Secret Garden-3

 

414 State Street, formally known as, “My Secret Garden”.

A beautiful weekend to work on State Street. Much was accomplished like tilling the front terrace and removing unwanted plants.

4×4 caps were placed on the posts for iron fence, where pots will be installed later.

Every inch of this location will be taken advantage of. Cracks in the sidewalk, stairs and wall will be planted with crevice plants (not weeds).

 Several cascading plants will adorn the brick wall and bloom at various times of the year. Bulbs, annuals and perennials will add to the splendor. There will be a few spots open for people to sit as well.

Needed a nice entryway planter filled with perennials, sedum, annuals and the grass on top is called Amazon Mist.

   2 “Burgundy Cotton” Crape Myrtles were installed by the fence.

The project was supervised by my son.

We are getting there and hope to have our Grand Opening April 30th (after our April 16th event), just in time for Mothers Day plants, gifts baskets and more!

 Happy Planting!

Landscape Design, Installations, Consultations and Speaking Engagements

 

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Diana Digs My Secret Garden-2

Another day on 414 State Street at, “My Secret Garden”. It was VERY cold too. 360 Landscape and Lawn Maintenance helped remove a few overgrown shrubs and transplant the weeping cherry tree. Some of the roots are so enormous, a truck was needed to pull out.

If an existing plant will provide me hours of manual labor, it needs to go. “My Secret Garden” will be spectacular filled with low maintenance and drought tolerate plants. Don’t we all want this?

The upper terrace is almost cleaned out and will be tilled and stone re-positioned for a seating and display area. Was thinking about painting the fence and decided against it. So many flowers, pottery and other garden art will definitely cover its aged look. We may add a pergola for some afternoon shade.

Diana Digs Dirt

 

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Diana Digs My Secret Garden-1

February 18th Diana Digs Dirt signed the contract to move business onto 414 State Street, Greensboro, NC, along with Andrea Halsey Photography.

As a landscape designer, plans are underway to transform (and maintain the integrity) of “My Secret Garden”. There are many hours of work needed with the Grand Opening scheduled for March 2011.

Because of ample outdoor space, workshops will be ongoing to include

We are using materials on site, keeping with the charm of the garden, like this iron divider

  

Then adding overhead structures, like this arbor for roses and clematis (and shade:)

See you on State Street

DianaDigsDirt

 

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Triad Wedding Planning/Design Services

DianaDigsDirt is a landscape design/build company assisting recently engaged couples with “GREEN” solutions for their wedding day. “Green” does not mean cheap, granola or tacky, simply, you are demonstrating a conscious effort to minimize individual carbon footprints. Fresh flowers can also be incorporated into “Green” Wedding Designs, adding special accents and touches not obtainable due to seasonal restraints.

DianaDigsDirt Wedding Services

  • Consulting-Designing-or Implementing of

Residential Landscape Wedding Ideas, creating an outdoor photogenic vignette for the bride and her maids reflecting colors, style, theme of the ceremony. Diana should be called at least one year prior to wedding date. This service is for those wanting a personalized outdoor scene for wedding photography, usually at the couple’s home or residence where she is preparing for the ceremony with bridesmaids.

  • Consulting-Designing-Implementing of

Green” Wedding Decor, Centerpieces, etc, by analyzing bride and groom residential landscape or those of family members to determine the possibility to create from existing plant material. This would include, plant foliage, berries, blooms, twigs, and grass plumes. If additional “Green” decor is needed, Diana can suggest installing certain plants to later on provide what is needed and what will grow on the property. We can also discuss including actual food within centerpiece design.

   

Fruits, nuts, various leaves and vegetables may add a conversation piece to  your special day

  

 

  • Wedding Venue for Landscape Enhancements

If the Wedding Venue Location is perfect, but could use additional color, with the permission of the venue, additional potted plants could be brought in and later taken home by the couple or whomever makes the purchase. Below are fabulous arrangements for tropical themes. Outdoor pots come in an array of styles, shapes and colors, click here.

  

Attend our free “Green” event and workshop demonstrating centerpiece creations.

   

 

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Why Schedule a Landscape Design Appointment

DianaDigsDirt Landscape Consultation Process

After the client answers a 25 question survey, an appointment is set. Diana prepares for a brief presentation with ideas generated from the questions and may bring color copies of appropriate landscape spaces from analyzing questionnaire.

If after a 1 hour landscape consultation, notes are taken by DianaDigsDirt and given to client. If we feel a design is needed because of the scope of work, the consultation fee is subtracted from the landscape plan.

  

 The landscape plan can start immediately after the consultation by plotting (taking measurements) of your house (if homeowner cannot provide a survey), existing trees and plant material to remain, outdoor structures, driveways, and usually takes another hour.

Diana returns to the office and begins drawing the base map on vellum, for which the design will be drawn from.

The utility companies are called, locating underground lines and marked with various colors of spray paint. She then takes a quick drive by to ensure design stays clear of underground lines.

Design is drawn reflecting mature size of plants, blueprints are made and plan is rendered. Upon presentation, additional color copies are presented giving homeowners a better feel of the final vision. In the general notes section, phases are suggested if the entire project cannot be completed in one season. The general notes section could include wood stain/paint colors, weed prevention plan, bulb planting, etc. These details also help if homeowners will install themselves.

Landscaping companies have their place in our community as do Landscape Designers. Most designers have gone through schooling of plants, design, construction, ecology and history. The plant education alone is very intense, where landscape designers can identify plant material in the winter months, hence designing can begin in late winter.

A one hour consultation by a landscape designer will save money in the long run, as stated by The Home and Garden Television Network. They educate homeowners on selection of plant material appropriate for the space, whether an erosive location, drainage issue, sun or shade, privacy, safety and so on. They also add the factor of aesthetics into the equation. 

Landscape designers look at underground utilities, family life, pets, wildlife problems and determine plant material to be installed conducive to hours per month the family would like to “work” in their landscapes. 

Call for a consultation and save yourself money one can spend elsewhere (consultations are $100)

DianaDigsDirt

Diana @ justacloudaway.com

 

 

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