Renee’s Whimsical and Welcoming Garden
Earlier this year we featured Renee Adams, one of the proprietors of the Little Free Library of Windsor and Dewitt, and today we’re back to share her gorgeous backyard garden. It’s whimsical and welcoming and filled with vibrant flowers, shrubs and hidden treasures.
You can tell just by walking by Renee’s house that she loves decorating with plants, her front stoop is a perfect example of her carefree style.
Around the side of her house, a flagstone path, leads you under an archway into the backyard.
Along the way, you’ll see extraordinary hues and textures.
When Renee first started gardening around 2004, she wanted to make her yard a welcome retreat for local wildlife. It’s now an advanced certified wildlife habitat and provides food, water and shelter for birds and other creatures.
The large patch of milkweed attracts bees and monarch butterflies.
This monarch fluttered around the yard during our visit. When she finally paused, Leslie was able to identify her as a female.
We’ve mentioned the need to create monarch waystations using milkweed plants in order to boost the shrinking monarch population, and Renee was happy to give Leslie some milkweed pods and seeds to pass along to others.
There is so much more to see in Renee’s garden, around every corner there’s a pathway taking you in different directions where you’ll find more textured plants and mystical accents.
There’s even a few helpful reminders.
And a calming water feature.
Everything meets in the middle at the flagstone patio.
The next time you walk along Dewitt past the “poetry fence,” take a peek through the fence window — it’s there for a purpose, to share the beauty of nature with all who pass by. Renee placed this pig right under the window to remind visitors of Wilbur from the beloved children’s classic, Charlotte’s Web.
And if you see Renee working on her garden or entertaining friends, smile and wave, and send some neighborly cheer (and don’t forget to check out the Little Free Library out front).