A garden scrapbook is a way to enjoy your garden any time you want. There may be a foot of snow on the ground and the wind is howling, but you can enjoy the explosion of bright red blooms from the Florabunda rose in your front flower bed. Or enjoy the Moonbeam Coreopsis consumed in yellow blossoms by the back patio. All you need do is to open the pages of your garden scrapbook. People have been scapbooking for centuries and there are scrapbooks about everything. They all have one thing in common, an intense interest in something that the owner put together in a book form.
Through the years I have met hundreds of gardeners and the vast majority had a garden scrapbook. Some of the books contain planting schedules or harvest yields. Some of these scrapbooks were a compilation of how the gardeners garden had changed over the years. Some had old seed packets and even dried flowers in them. Each and every one of them were unique and no two were the same. Every one of those scrapbooks however had one thing in common all of them held things of importance to the gardener. That I think is the secret to a good garden and a great garden scrapbook. That the individual is that involved as to save things they never want to forget.
In the city of Chicago on all the major streets there are planters to bring a touch of green or in many case explosions of color to the streets. These planters are change on a seasonal basis and contain some unique designs. There are many place that do this especially conservatories and botanical gardens. Disney is famous for it’s huge landscape displays and topiary. As a professional groundskeeper I always have my camera at hand in case something really strikes my fancy I can bring it back with me and place it in my scrapbook.
It really does not matter how young or old you are you can start your own garden scrapbook. It is really easy to get started and you do not even need a scrapbook . All you need is a bin or tray even a large manila envelope will do to hold pictures notes what ever until you can start putting them onto pages. A scrapbook after all is like a garden it is very personal to the one who is building it. It reflects their personality and tells a bit about who they are. There is no secret formula it is just a question of what you want to put in it. It is after all your garden scrapbook. It is just that simple