Suzanne Eck

Pondside Gardens Introduction

     Our property, located in McHenry County Illinois just outside the town of Woodstock, has been organic since it's purchase over twenty three years ago.
     We border fifty five acres of conservation land with Dufield Pond only thirty feet from our back gate. I cater to the wildlife by offering plantings of native shrubs for cover and berries, and native perennials for food and nectar, and in turn am blessed with many resident species and migratory birds, some of which are rare or endangered.
     I have worked with the McHenry County Illinois Master Gardeners since 2006. This work has included designing the perennials bed for the county college demonstration garden, and teaching at the college during 'Gardenfest'. I also give presentations throughout the year for various clubs. Sharing knowledge with others is one of the great rewards of the Master Gardener program.

     While my niche' is daylily and hosta, you will find all manner of perennials are grown here.  Peonies bloom in early summer on the west side of our horseshoe drive, and create an undulating backdrop of color for Veronica, Siberian Irises, Euphorbia, Dianthus, and Allium. The peonies originated from my parents' property  that held a huge Victorian built in the late 1800's. They are well over 100 years old. To the east of the drive is our Cottage Garden which holds Phlox, Monarda, Amsonia, Rudbeckia, and a myriad of spring bulbs. In the shade there is Hosta, Heuchera, Pulmonaria, ferns, Aruncus, Hydrangeas, and more.
      Hybridizing daylilies has become a growing part of my ever changing garden. I was lucky enough to be mentored by Pat Cochenour for my small spider and small UF programs, and she is deeply missed. She gifted me with a seedling, 135A, which was ultimately introduced as 'The Mouse That Roared'. It has become a much sought after hybridizing daylily.
My mentor for large unusual forms and large spiders, Linda Michaels, is breaking new ground by creating patterned true spiders. She has gifted me with spider and unusual form plants, and many seeds with potential for patterning, which I am anxious to see come to fruition.
Working with hosta and other perennials from seed is also a part of my hybridizing program to a lesser extent.

 You will find photos of my select seedlings, the gardens and the property. The website will grow as I find time.  I hope you will find it enjoyable.  

Bring Nature to Your World
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