Trinkle’s garden stays contained

Randy and Terri Trinkle’s garden is the second garden on the 2017 Garden and Art Tour. Located at 901 Valley Drive in Pleasant Meadows, the garden is comprised of several different types of gardens and a multitude of containers.

Terri Trinkle learned about gardening and developed a love of gardening from her father. Her main focus is container gardening because containers can be changed every year with different plants and color schemes. The containers can also be moved around to various locations and placed in the sun or shade depending on the plants.

In 2016, the Trinkles had 58 containers filled with flowers and herbs located around their patio. In a little red wagon, Terri has planted a fairy garden and in a small wheelbarrow, she has planted a wee garden of portulaca in memory of her daughter.

A variety of lush hostas border the front of their house with various shade tolerant plants filling the front gardens. When the Trinkles moved into their home about five years ago, there were only a few hostas, some shrubs and the brick patio. They pulled out the shrubs to make room for gardens. Terri shared that many of the plants have been given to them by others — these are her favorite plants because they each remind her of someone or a story.

The patio is where the Trinkles spend much of their time outside surrounded by containers. Much of their gardening has been about reclaiming previously unusable space such as a steep hill in the sun located behind their patio. Randy has built several retaining walls and stairs on this hill enabling them to plant herbs, salad greens, canning vegetables and sun-loving flowers in a two-tiered garden. Based on their experience, Terri and Randy believe that space for a garden can be found in almost any yard although you may have to be creative and do some hard work.

Terri’s favorite flowers are any kind of lily and she has more than 15 varieties in their garden. Randy and Terri also enjoy shrub roses because they are easy to care for, are fragrant and put on such a spectacular show. Terri states that she likes to experiment with new plants and vegetables every year along with old fashioned tried and true things.

The Trinkles welcome you to their garden and hope you enjoy their little paradise.

Daryl Hutson also will be featured at the Trinkle’s garden showcasing garden critters sculpted from metal.

The Garden/Art Tour will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25, rain or shine. Tickets can be bought at Milligan’s Flowers and Gifts, County Hearts and Flowers, Progreen Garden Center, Davidson’s Greenhouse/Nursery, Montgomery County Visitor’s and Convention Bureau and at the circulation desk of the Crawfordsville District Public Library. Tickets are $10 each. Children ages 12 and younger are free.

For additional information call, 765-362-4492 or 765-376-0335.


What: Bi-Annual Flower Lovers Garden/Art Tour

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25. Rain or shine.

Where: Seven area gardens

Tickets: $10 each. Available at Milligan’s Flowers and Gifts, Country Hearts and Flowers, Progreen Garden Center, Davidson’s Greenhouse/Nursery, Montgomery County Visitor’s and Convention Bureau and Crawfordsville District Public Library