One of the things that I love most about being outdoors is the way a garden can be transformed into a beautiful event. Last year at a friend's wedding, we went to a local Tucson hotel at Speedway and Wilmot for the reception. I was impressed at how they had changed a pool area into something very special.
When speaking about themes in a previous posting, these pics had come to mind from last year. An outsider of our desert may wonder how all this is possible.....with a bit of knowledge on plants and spacing, anything is possible....anything. That's why Arizona is such an incredible place to garden....this is what locals would call the "Arizona Room". During this time of year when temps go down, it is very popular to eat outside at restaurants or at your own home.
One of the things I liked most was how they used a chimenea to warm up the area at night and also how they used Chinese lanterns to add a glow around the tables. It created a very intimate setting and transported people to a magical place. Lighting and plantings were key to this recpetion's success.
I'm not there yet to create holiday or special themes in our gardens, but I keep these images stored for down the road. I'll show more postings like this one from several key Tucson places that have captured the outdoor magic of gardens. Until next time, Happy Gardening!