How to Plan the Perfect Bed and Breakfast Garden (Zone 4)

A key element of any bed and breakfast is the garden. This year, we had a massive showing of blueberries. We have been making muffins with fresh berries. Our vegetable garden produces tomatoes, carrots, peppers, and the dill we put in the eggs for breakfast. Nothing is better then cooking with an abundance of fresh herbs you find right outside your door.

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You’re coming to stay at our vision of the ideal romantic farm house. The garden takes a lot of thought and it takes a special kind of person to enjoy weeding.   The flowers we’ve had the best luck with include Petunias, Peonies, Foxglove, Cone Flowers, and Dahlias. In the winter, we have hydroponic AeroGardens that we use for growing herbs and flowers.

We get our Dahlia bulbs from Eden Brothers. Many people on staff take turns planting and watering the flowers. Our Chef is even a former florist.

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Dahlias became one of our favorite flowers after a trip to the Smithsonian Botanical Garden. The National Dahlia competition happened to be taking place. Growing Dahlias is a sport. Someone suggested I join 4H but I think that’s just for kids.

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Our gardens have been known to attract butterflies.

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Each year, we look forward to great peonies until the rain splatters them. It’s not easy being so beautiful.

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