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Where do you find gardening ideas?

By Teresa Woodard

In the quiet of winter, gardeners may take a physical break from backyard chores but still actively stretch their minds for new ideas. IMG_1254 For me, I love pouring through garden magazines while my husband watches Sunday afternoon football.  I also pull out my camera and head to horticulture trade shows, like the one in town last week. And, year round, I seek ideas from travel experiences, nature walks, garden tours and artists’ works.

Over the holidays while visiting family in Switzerland, I was amazed with the wealth of winter décor ideas packed into the tiny mountain village of Gruyere.  Here, IMG_1148 (2)residents charmingly decorated their windows, doors, stone stoops, front steps and door frames.  We later realized the window numbers were tied to a decorating contest to further spur the town’s creativity.  Here are a few favorite designs that have winter-long appeal.

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