This is how I went from being a graphic design student to a gardening nut, only five years ago. I recently stumbled across an old sketchbook filled with ideas for turning my balcony into a chic and modern garden. My wife and I (we were living in sin back then) had just moved into our apartment together and I was going to school to be a designer. It was around that time that our hikes in South Florida and a book on houseplants coalesced into a gardening obsession.
|One of the sights that first inspired me: looking up at a pink tabebuia in bloom while eating French pastries with my wifey-to-be on one of our trips.|
|The plant against the wall is supposed to be a Cassia alata. Sadly, it didn't like our shady conditions.|
Here's a drawing of my first houseplant, a bird's nest fern purchased at Target. This guy sparked a bit of my epiphyte enthusiasm.
I thought of ways to create benches and seating on our balcony without wasting space that could be used on plants. This is one of the ideas I came up with. I didn't finish the drawing, but you get the idea.
I also thought of inventive planters to build, including a tiered one that would have storage space underneath and one that would have different divisions like a bento box in which different textures of plants could be mixed and matched.
Can you believe that this sudden burst of inspiration happened just five years ago? Mind you, my only gardening experience before this was planting marigold seeds for my mom or keeping a little barrel cactus as a kid. Sure, it's a shame that I didn't get bitten by the gardening bug sooner since I would have become a landscape architect by now if I had the chance. On the other hand, my limited education as a designer must be of some use to me as a garden writer someday. At least I have some nifty business cards!