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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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Specialty Daylily Perennials at Cornerstone Garden

Strawberry Candy is a daylily available at Cornerstone Garden 414-B State Street. 3 distinct colors and the edges are ruffled. A very beautiful color for those who like warmer color palettes.

Daylilies are quite spectacular when planted in masses.

Little Grapette Daylily is a nice burgundy color. Combine this daylily with a plant of the same center color (yellow) and you have an amazing color combination. The other plant is Coreopsis (we also carry these).

Mini Pearl Daylily is shorter and could be used in the front of your border. It’s soft creamy apricot color is perfect when combined with purple colored flowers.

Moon Fleet Clematis and Powis Castle Artemesia work well with Mini Pearl Daylilies

Cornerstone Garden carries a red daylily called, Old time Rock and Roll

 Gorgeous red for those who enjoy the hot and spicy colors within their landscapes.

If you just love daylilies, plant several varieties and you will have blooms from May until September. Daylily perennials are easy plants and drought tolerate after the first year.

Happy Planting

414-B State Street 392.4031

 

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Cornerstone Garden’s 1st Day Open

Cornerstone Garden- 414 State Street in Greensboro had a great first day.

Our hours are

Tuesday and Wednesday 10-5

Thursday and Friday 10-7

Saturday from 8-4

We are not open when it is raining, but you can call for an appointment, 392-4031

Come see us for something unique!

 

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Diana Digs My Secret Garden-5

The landscape renovation continues at 414 State Street, by DianaDigsDirt. The terrace is almost complete. We will not be able to plant tender annuals until the last frost-free date, which is around mid April.

I am almost positive the bricks on site were hand-made, priceless!

Wheel barrow fountain now functions and people are caught off guard when passing by. Didn’t expect the sound of water gushing out of a rusty hole in the wheel barrow, did you?

So much weeding and clearing away of ivy, sweet autumn clematis and liriope everywhere! Let’s start fresh.

Hanging baskets and planters will be filled with flowers, adding to the charm of the boutique.

Many of these plants are transplanted from my own garden. Come by for the plant swap on the 16th of April. Bring a plant you would like to part with and leave with a more desirable one.

DianaDigsDirt of Cornerstone Garden

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in My Secret Garden

 

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Diana Digs My Secret Garden-4

Cornerstone Garden now has the address posted onto a bird feeder where a clematis vine will eventually reach the top. Hopefully many local birds will stop by for a bite to eat.

A rustic fountain will greet visitors alongside the front walk and seating area. Helleborus, pachysandra, foxglove, ferns and mazus were planted in this shady area.

The front terrace is being constructed from materials found on site. Crevice plants will be installed including, hens and chicks, creeping sedum and mazus. When the weather warms up, rose moss (the annual) will be installed around the steppers. Another water feature utilizing an old wheel barrow will be added in the far left corner with japanese sweet flag, iris, green and white sedum and other sun loving plants. A seating area will also be provided in this area.

See you on the 30th of April for our Grand Opening or stop by March 31st for a sneak peep during Smoozefest on State Street provided by Cafe Pasta.

DianaDigsDirt and Cornerstone Garden

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in 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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