Dandelion Cottage is a tiny homestead located in the charming village of Norfolk, in the northwest corner of Connecticut. It is owned and cared for by artist Leslie Watkins, as an experience in "living off the land" on just one acre. Small as it is, with the help of a cheerful and hard working flock of bantam chickens, Dandelion Cottage's "Garden of Eatin'" produces almost all of Leslie's own food supply in season. Occasionally at the market table you will find the surplus: bouquets of fresh cut flowers, bunches of herbs, vegetables, and seasonal small fruits.
All of the elements work together in harmony to create a healthy, organic, natural cycle. The chickens free range and eat bugs, scraps, seeds, fallen apples, small fruits and greens. They provide eggs, manure, and lots of entertainment. The manure is carefully composted and mixed into the garden soil to produce gorgeous veggies, herbs and flowers. The flowers are arranged as floral still life subjects for the botanical watercolor classes. Bouquets are available for special occasions.
It is hoped that Dandelion Cottage will inspire others to do the same in their own backyards.
Dandelion Gardening Arts' gardeners are passionate about nature. All things natural; plants, animals, birds and the way they interact are infinitely interesting to us. That, along with experience, knowledge, and aesthetics are what set us apart in the gardening world. We are attentive, reliable, and very creative. All gardens are interesting to us from cottage to formal, secret to public, native to sacred. We can help you grow the garden of your dreams.
We will work with you to create perennial beds and borders, plan and plant kitchen gardens, and help you maintain them. If you have a garden that has become overgrown and out of control, we can renovate it into an attractive, manageable garden that you can take pleasure in.
We can provide you with illustrations and diagrams to help you visualize the plan before we begin. And, we can get you going with a customized kitchen garden to suit your "taste", complete with a four year vegetable rotation schedule to help you know what, where, and when to plant.
Routine garden maintenance includes planting, deadheading, pruning, weeding, edging, division, and mulching. Call for a consultation to get started.
Gardening Design, Consultation, Installation, Maintenance, & Renovations
Plein Air Landscape Paintings, Botanical Watercolors and Prints, Art Workshops
Specialty Cut Flowers & Bouquets, by appointment
Norfolk, CT Saturdays 10AM - 1PM
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