Great Gardens: The Nienow Garden

"Everybody is very creative and they care about what their house looks like and about their yards."

That's Ken Nienow talking about his Kronenwetter neighborhood. The garden he and his wife Ginny tend to is proof of the notion. Their front yard is nothing short of amazing.

They help the neighbors live up to the old gardeners saying "never turn down a free perennial."

"If I see a little baby growing, I put it in a pot and let it get a little bigger and I share it with the neighbors, take it to work, or give it to lots of friends and family, " says Ginny.

The Nienows love to garden so much Ginny gave Ken a truck full of dirt one year for his birthday. He says it took about a week to get spread around as the base for a couple new gardens.

Ginny does the planting, searching for and even making the stuff that gets put in with the plants. Most of the work is done on Saturday and Sunday, "all weekend, people can be picnicking and doing other things. But I prefer to be home and putzing in my yard," she says.

Ken says he does the grunt work and cleaning up.

Their back yard is very nice. But their best stuff is out front. Ginny says it started when they got a load of rocks leading to the front door, she just couldn't wait to start planting around them. She also says the back yard was not done for the first couple years after they moved in a decade ago.

Their best advice for your Great Garden is to start slowly, plant near the house first, and be patient. If you don't like the first place you plant a plant you can always move it.


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