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Wayne’s Garden Railroad – FineGardening

Today Wayne Decker is sharing photos of an unusual backyard garden.

These are a few pictures I have taken of the garden railroad I am building. I live in Chubbuck, Idaho. I just started about three years ago and am slowly building around the perimeter of my backyard. I try to plant perennials so they come back each year. It has been fun watching it transform from nothing to a thriving garden full of color and alive with many beneficial insects. My favorite has been all the honeybees. Adding the railroad to my garden has made it more enjoyable not only for me but for others who come by to see it. From the pictures you can see that I enjoy the garden year-round.

toy train in the gardenThe corner of the yard features the railway and a traffic light.

miniature railroad landscape with tiny plantsUsing small plants along the railroad keeps the whole thing to scale, creating a miniature landscape around the train.

wide view of the garden and the railroad system around a white fenceA wide view shows just how extensive this railroad system is.

another view of the railroad along the fenceMany gardeners have garden beds along their fences, but this is something quite different and special.

large light pink daylily flowerA daylily (Hemerocallis hybrid, Zones 5–9) in bloom brings some summer color to the garden.

close up of the railroad landscape with rocks and tiny plantsI love all the little details in this garden. It’s a whole landscape of rock and water and plants for the train to run through.

miniature desert landscape with tiny cactusHere the railway takes a trip through the desert, with cacti and even a tiny building set in the gravel to give the effect of an entirely different part of the world.


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