I love a good story. And when Monica from Garden Faerie Musings asked how we came up with our names, I was eager to comply. Some of you will already know my story, I hope you will bear with me when I tell it again.
As I have mentioned before, we have a name for our garden. It is Kilbourne Grove. The Kilbourne Family built our house back in 1880 and they passed it on through the family until the 1940’s, when a doctor and his family bought it. They lived there until 2005. The doctor died and his wife moved to a nursing home. It sat vacant for a year, while the architect/property developer who bought it made some changes. We bought it from her and moved in in May 2006.
When we lived in England, we lived in Notting Hill. But even that is further divided into smaller sections, and we were in Westbourne Grove. It was a very trendy and expensive street with a lot of high end antique and clothing shops, trendy bars and restaurants.
When we were thinking of a name, we wanted to pay tribute to the original family and give a nod to our years in London.
Having read too many books, both English historical and gardening, it seemed like everyone named their house/garden and not only that, parts in the garden as well. Think of Rosemary Vereys “Laburnum Walk”, Sir Roy Strongs “Silver Jubilee Garden” and Sissinghursts “Lime Walk” and “The Rondel”.
It was a way for us to pay tribute to the historic tradition of English gardens.
As Linda said, it is a great way of your better half finding you. At the moment, our hedges are too small, and Ian usually can see me when I am out in the garden, but give it a few years.
So far, I have divided my garden into 6 sections at the back. I have a Lime Walk. I had to have one of those. Everywhere we went in England, there was pleached trees and I love the look. That whole formal straight line thing.
The Kitchen Garden or Potager was the first thing that we put in, it gave us a place to heel in any plants that we were given or had purchased, while we were preparing a space for them.
Next, came the Flora Glade. I stole this name from “The Laskett”, my favourite garden in England (at least I think so now, not having seen them all, who ever could, talk about a life’s work). This was an area behind our garage that had a few maple trees, and it is (so far) the only garden without straight lines.
We have just planted two yew hedges, running from the Flora Glade to the Lime Walk, giving us another 30 foot square garden (I am now calling it the Yew Garden, until I can decide what to do with it).
Our huge lawn on the south/east side goes by the name “Croquet Lawn” as it is the only open spot when we want to play croquet or bocce.
I also have a Lilac Dell, just a huge clump of very old lilacs by the street, with 2 paths running through them. One day, I plan to limb up the lilacs and underplant them.
But all plans change, and change frequently. That is the beauty of life, and of gardening.
I was so unknowledgable about blogging that when I came up with the name ‘Green Theatre’ for the blog, I did not realize my user name would be the one most people would recognize me by. You can read about that here. But if you want to know how I came up with the name Green Theatre, you can read about that here.