Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Hanging Garden Boxes of Edenwald

Charles Tuley (the gentleman with the cap) had a vision. As a retired nurseryman, Charles saw an opportunity to bring gardening to other retirees at the Edenwald community in Towson, Maryland. He and fellow volunteers, (including Albert Keller, pictured with Charles) hatched a plan to display large flower boxes on the 4th level roof top terrace. The boxes are 4 feet long, 12 inches wide and 15 inches deep. They are displayed at waist level, making it easier for residents to plant. Mr. Tuley and his all-volunteer crew added irrigation to make watering easy. The results are phenomenal. Twenty-six boxes have been planted with a total of 230 plants featuring 130 varieties of flowers. All of the boxes feature the names of the artists that created each hanging garden and a list of plants included in each box. Vines were planted as a vertical element to use the existing back fence. Many of the plants were chosen during a trip out to Valley View Farms where the gardeners found plenty to choose from and some advice from Kitty and Melissa in the greenhouse. This blogger was invited to the open house yesterday. It was terrific! The experience really shows us how one person's vision can become a reality and made so much better by and for the community. Congratulations to all of you at Edenwald that made it happen!


  1. I love this story! What an inspiration. Congrats to our fellow gardeners at Edenwald! Well done.

  2. Karen, these guys are amazing. They have a irrigation system set up. It is computerized. They have developed a regular fertilizing program and have managed to keep insects away.
    We will be featuring the gardens on the July 25th episode of the Sunday Gardener on WBAL TV.