Great Gardens: The Amherst Inn Bed and Breakfast

One master gardener in Amherst said when it comes to making your yard the best it can be, don't be afraid, just do it.

Jeff Thelen showed us how he and his partner are living that advice in their own back, side, and front yards.

She's pretty hard to miss; the Big Pink Lady in the middle of Amherst.
However, she wasn't always this spectacular.

"The house was hidden by trees. We removed 41 trees, mostly scrap type trees."

Bob Rausch and Tom Ashline bought her in 1994 and turned the former home, hotel and nursing home into a bed and breakfast.

Moving back and forth over a decade between endless hours of work inside and out.

"Kind of alternated between the two, it was hard to decide what to do."

Rausch actually found the time to take the course and became a master gardener.

"That gave me the confidence to go do these things, design and install my own gardens."

He loves lush full gardens where the plants are touching each other.

It shows in the countless hostas, irises, lilies, ferns and peonies that fill this garden.

Both Rausch and Ashline call the pond their favorite feature.

It's also a favorite of guests, who want to stay in the b-and-b rooms that are within its earshot.

"People gravitate to those rooms because they love to hear the constantly moving water."

This great garden started as a way of making this business better.

The crab trees were planted to shield the cars in the parking lot from the folks who were staying inside in the bed and breakfast, and from there it took on a life of it's own.

Rausch and Ashline estimated it takes 20-to 25 hours a week to keep this garden great.

Their advice to you if you want to get started with your own great garden?

If at first you don't succeed...

"You plant something, and if it doesn't look right, you just move it."

Rausch and Ashline said the endless winter wasn't too harsh on their great garden, although they lost all their mint.


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