The family that creates together…
Our own Nancy K Meyer’s daughter, Roxanne Sorgenfrey saw this idea at a botanical garden and asked her dad, Ron Meyer, to make one as an early birthday present one winter. Together, the family solved a common garden problem,…an empty space in the garden and created a fabulous garden for Roxanne.
The location planned for the vertical planter box was an empty space by Roxanne’s back door deck area in front of the gap between the fence and the house.
The construction is a tall and wide box open in front. The box was made with reclaimed, treated wood and recycled wire from her childhood play yard. The soil will be held in with landscape cloth, the wire grid and wooden dividers in the front.
This photo, above, shows you how deep the box is. It’s basically a shallow wooden box set on it’s side. Metal “T”posts on the sides hold it up and off the ground, if desired.
Nancy, the photographer and ‘adviser’, says, “We have the dirt mounded, as we think it will settle when it rains. We want it to settle before we plant.”
The planter was filled on the top and sides with Impatiens in two different colors, pink and red.
Shown: Ashtyn Paperr, Rhonda, Logan Paperr and Roxanne Sorgenfrey in Durant, Iowa.
By late Spring, this was the stunning result of all the hard work done by this family together. What a cool way to spend your family time!
This year, Roxanne chose all red Impatiens and it makes a gorgeous statement in her front garden for all who pass by.
Roxanne’s Dad, Ron, takes her planter to the next level by adding built in irrigation. The next ‘levels’ are the lower planting pockets that will benefit to the new trickle down watering technology!
We’ll be waiting to see how the new plants like this change!