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Backyard Shenanigans - Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Thursday, March 5, 2015

I was so proud of myself this past weekend, because I finally got out of whatever slump or mood I was in and actually took some photos on my weekend excursions, with the intention of blogging about it. Shocking, I know! For some reason over the holidays between the new house, finding out we were expecting and the little blogging break I took, I forgot that in order to actually have something to blog about, you should probably snap some photos! So that's exactly what I did.

One of the great things about buying a brand new home is just that, everything's brand new. So in theory there should be very few honey-do lists or house projects to complete, at least for a little while. All true, except for when it comes to the yard. With both our last house and our new one, the backyard is something we've been left to do. The last yard became a summer long project which included building a 50 foot retaining wall, hauling in yard after yard of gravel and dirt, building a fence, laying sod and planting trees and plants. So hundreds upon hundreds of dollars later, we had a beautiful backyard to enjoy. That was, until we moved into our new house!

Thankfully this yard won't require a retaining wall and is already fenced so my bank account and back are already breathing a sigh of relief. But we do want to add some trees to create some more privacy and before we add any plants and grass we want to extend the irrigation system to add sprinklers to the backyard. Add in gravel paths on each side of the house and you get the idea of what sort of project we are looking at for the next few weeks. Dan and I have talked a lot about what ideas and vision we each had for the backyard, but walking around garden stores only provides so much inspiration. So when Dan noticed the Yard, Garden & Patio show was in town this weekend, it seemed like the perfect place to get us started.

We started the show by walking through all the different vendor booths. You could find anything from plants and trees to wine tasting and hot tubs. Anything and everything you can think of to decorate or enjoy your backyard was there. I held back on buying anything just yet for the patio or yard till we have a real idea of what we're going to do, and also till I have some place to put it, but I got some great ideas and cards of shops and nurseries I'll definitely be visiting again!

I'd say the show consisted of mostly yard and patio vendors, but one of my favorite parts were the showcase gardens. There were 7 different local landscapers there with their own showcase garden. Each one allowed you to walk through, find the names of the specific plants and trees they used in their display and get an idea of landscaping and design solutions for your backyard. While some either were out of our budget or just not the exact look we were going for, it was a great way to talk through and find ideas that we could incorporate into our own design. I snapped photos on my phone of some of our favorite plants and trees and wrote down the names of all the ideas we had to check out at local nurseries. If you're starting with a blank slate like we are or looking to redo or spruce up your yard, I highly suggest walking through these showcase gardens for ideas.
Dan and I both loved the way this looked and are hoping to recreate something similar with the trees in part of our yard! Not the retaining wall though, I'm adamant that after our last yard I will not be hauling brick after brick to the backyard! 
I need this sign in my yard!!! 
And this planter! 

We spent the rest of the afternoon at nurseries planning and purchasing with the ideas we gathered at the show. I'm really glad we were able to go to this together and put our ideas together to start the planning of our backyard. I'm hoping we can have it done by our gender reveal in April, but stay tuned to see if that happens! The hubby is already hard at work on the yard this week. So far we have purchased all the equipment (or so we think) for the irrigation and several plants and trees that are scattered throughout the yard till we decided their perfect location. I can't wait till it's all finished and we can enjoy our backyard and covered patio all summer with friends and family! I'll update you all along the way, so check back here or on my Instagram for our backyard shenanigans. Where do you get your landscaping ideas? What's your favorite part of your yard?
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