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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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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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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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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!

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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.

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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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