I entered a backyard garden walk complete with fairies, gnomes, miniature gardens, blooming flowers, garden ornaments, and a white picket fence. Welcome to Tom and Kim Norwick’s award-winning garden. I met Tom and Kim and at once was as enchanted by their warm welcome as I was by their garden. The couple are master gardener members of the Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Villa Park. Their lush flower garden was a star in this year’s garden walk.
As Tom and Kim showed me around the garden, neighbors walking by on the sidewalk along the white picket fence waved hello. It was clear the couple are popular for who they are and for their garden.
Kim shared: A neighborhood cat stops by regularly because he knows a treat is waiting for him. A visiting little girl playing in the secret fairy garden could not resist taking home a token, as her mother found out, and they came back to return the garden fairy toy.
Cobalt blue mirror and butterfly hanging on the fence are just some of the many garden ornaments.
The entrances to their home lets you know you’ve arrived some place special.
A white picket fence gate opens to the garden.
As soon as I entered through the gate a garden work station sits on the left. A tiny pink chair holds a birdie.
A cozy swing on the right invites you to sit with a sign that says “Anyone can have dirt. Gardeners have soil.”
A lady bug stands guard.
A recent addition to the garden is this just right sized shed for storing a wheel barrow, garden tools, and some extra winter storage space for garden ornaments.
Kim’s talents include this picture hanging on the street side of the shed for everyone walking by to enjoy. She already had the picture and then found flowered wallpaper at a garage sale and laid it on top of the picture within the frame; all under glass.
Little bird house centered on a fence and a white garden carriage adorn the tree.
I love their idea of turning three old doors into a privacy fence and place for hanging signs and plaques.
On the lower right lives a secret fairy garden.
Kim made her miniature fairy garden out of a cooler.
I spy a pink horse with wings among other fairy things living in this miniature garden world.
I really like Kim’s homemade whimsical turquoise topiary garden ornament out of flower vases and saucers.
Colorful pink garden mirror hung along the fence line capturing the reflection of flowers beautifully.
Her fun dedicated Gnome garden area with a sign that says “There’s No Place Like Gnome” captures otherworldly creature garden delight.
It’s time to say goodbye. I had a wonderful time on your garden walk and left filled with inspiration. Thank you Tom and Kim Norwick for sharing your garden.
You can read more about the Norwick’s and see other homes in the garden walk at homegardening the Garden Club of Villa Park in Illinois.
The flowers are magnificent. I want to know which miniature garden you liked the most? The fairy garden or the gnome garden?
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