The tea room garden is a big project that needs to be done in stages, as time and funds allow. It would be so easy to go overboard planning garden projects, especially in the dead of winter when cabin fever strikes. But since the garden is a publicly visible part of the business, we can't start big projects and then let them languish for weeks or months unfinished.
The long-term goal is to create a walking garden, with interesting architectural elements, outdoor dining spaces, flowers that bloom throughout the growing season and attract hummingbirds, butterflies and other native pollinators, and trees, shrubs and annuals that produce fruits and vegetables for the kitchen.
We've already partially fenced the perimeter of the garden and built flower beds around the foundation of the tea room. Along the way, we've placed bird baths, arbors and a couple of small patios. We've also planted dwarf fruit trees, flowering shrubs, climbing roses, and Spring-and Summer-flowering bulbs.