LOCATION: SW Michigan, USA (just 18 miles inland from Lake Michigan)
USDA HARDINESS ZONE: Zone 5 ½ (changed from a Zone 5 during the last 20 years)
YEARS IN HOUSE: 13
OF SPECIAL NOTE: Monarch Butterfly Garden and National Wildlife Federation Certified Garden
TYPE OF GARDEN: Dry land Garden (planted with dry land plants and natives)
TYPE OF GARDENING STYLE: Originally a traditional agricultural garden carved from Oak Savannah Forest. Now heading towards a permaculture style garden.
SIZE OF GARDEN: 2 ½ acres (of five acres total)
HOURS SPENT IN THE GARDEN: 4 to 6 hours in the spring and fall.
ORIGINAL SOIL: Sand
SOIL NOW: Amended sand using homemade compost and bark chips.
SUN/SHADE CONDITIONS: Flat land with mix of sun and shade provided by our majestic large White Oak trees and White Pines.
Small House / Big Sky Donna