Mary Beth: This is where it all started, my father’s gardens on Block Island. From a young age I helped my father in his gardens. As a child I initially found it to be a chore, but as time went by the hours I spent together with my Dad, digging in the soil, weeding and planting, instilled his love for gardening in me. Now it’s all I want to do.
When I’m gardening I’m constantly thinking of ways to make the garden more pleasing to the eye. Garden structures are a great way of adding beauty to any garden. Structures can have practical functions like supporting roses or tomatoes, or they can be whimsical — a piece of artwork to draw your eye or serve as a focal point in the garden.
I like the combination of these two ideas and this is where the carpenter, my husband Ray, comes in because although I know my way around the workshop, I’m a bit of a hack. Ray, on the other hand, is not. He’s a fine craftsman and we make a great team: I describe what I need and he takes it from there, adding his creative spin on my request. He always amazes me with his practical, highly functional works of art.
Our blog will be a photo blog showing past and present projects from Ray’s wood shop and my gardens. We hope you enjoy it!