The Gettysburg Garden Club, through its Garden of the Month committee, is pleased to present the Garden of the Month award to Michael and Mary Malewicki of 2 W Broadway, Gettysburg, PA.
The first thing that Mike said was “This isn’t a garden, it’s just a bunch of random plants.” However all those random plants flow well shifting from one area into the next that it all works well together as if it were a large cohesive plan. Not only are there many different plants but they come from different states, neighbors, and time periods. Starting with the front yard the trees consist of a red maple, Bradford pears (2 of which have already been removed), and a large pecan tree that was planted many years ago by a former owner and now houses a plastic snake to keep the grandson entertained. With all the trees this is where they have their shade plants bordering their house. Azaleas, hostas, pachysandra, Italian lords and ladies Arum italicum that were given to them from a friend in VA, ferns from some neighbors, and bridal wreath spirea that they have moved from another location. They had impatiens planted there until the owner of a local greenhouse stopped by the one day and told them that the reason they were struggling growing them is because they needed to plant new guinea impatiens for the shady area. Since then they haven’t had any trouble keeping some color in the front yard. To the right of the house there is a garage with a wisteria vine also planted by the former owner but Mary says it hasn’t really flowered in a long time. There are also ferns lining the black iron fence with peonies in front. The green leafy background makes the peony flowers really pop and it makes a classic looking border that is more exciting than just a row of boxwoods.