Before and After - Tremé install, September 2016-September 2017

BEFORE (September 2016):

AFTER (September 2017):

 

 

This install included more than 200 linear feet of fence coverage, created in order to block the view of a new house that was being built, and to provide general visual/noise privacy from Villere Street.

We ended up going with one of the workhorses of the clumping bamboo family, Seabreeze bamboo (bambusa malingensis). We have a few in stock as of early October 2017; get in touch to check on availability.

Upcoming plant sales, September 2017

Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather, get your hands dirty and make some new friends at the following pop-ups we're doing throughout September:

 

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Before & After: Bourree/Boucherie restaurants, Uptown New Orleans

Back in February I was contacted by the owners of adjoining Uptown New Orleans restaurants Bourree and Boucherie. They were expanding their dining area into an outdoor patio and wanted privacy screening for guests. Bamboo was a good option.

This install was a little different from others, since the space allotted for bamboos was a 4" wide planter, far more narrow than any I'd worked with. The bamboo we ended up using, however (Bambusa Multiplex, Golden Goddess variety) is one of the most versatile of any clumping bamboos, and it worked beautifully.

Below are before-and-after photos of the project; first ones were taken in March 2017 and the last was taken in August 2017. In just 6 months, this bamboo is approximately 75% mature. By next spring, it will be completely filled in.

Before:

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After six months:

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Pop-Ups!

Now that the nursery is in good shape, we've gotten into the pop-up business. It's become a nice way to meet fellow gardening enthusiasts in the neighborhood and to introduce folks to what we offer at Ninth Ward Nursery. Places that have recently hosted us include Solo Espresso, Pagoda Café and The Rubber Library and Flower Bodega. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see where we'll be popping up next.

We're always looking for new opportunities to work with other local businesses, so if you're interested in hosting a Ninth Ward Nursery pop-up, get in touch.

Thanks, and hope to see y'all soon.

 

 

Before & After

I began doing installs just over a year ago. By now, the bamboos planted have matured, and have created the "wall" type effect that most of my clients are going for.

Pictured here: a Modernist home in New Orleans' Garden District. My client's property line was separated from his neighbors' by a 2' wide gap between his patio and their home. Bamboo was a natural choice for providing privacy here, both for the sake of maintaining the home's aesthetic, and for the fact that it's effectively a 30' high fence.

The bamboo seen here is Bambusa Malingensis, aka Seabreeze bamboo.

Neighbors? What neighbors?

Neighbors? What neighbors?

Birth of a Nursery, December 2016

By the end of 2016, the lot was almost paid off, I'd bought a trailer, put hundreds of miles on the truck, had a decent stockpile of plants, and had bought a greenhouse to be built the following month.

Birth of a Nursery, October 2016: Potting for winter!

By October, work was beginning to wind down, and water was finally flowing at the nursery — initially I was watering with 5-gallon buckets I'd fill at my house and then transport to the nursery — and it was time to pot up plants.

Birth of a Nursery, July 2016: We're growing

Finally, plants!

For months, dozens of potted-up bamboo had been taking up space behind my house, lending to it a horticultural junkyard-type aesthetic. Now, with the fence built, lot leveled and weed-suppressing ground cloth installed, we could move the bamboo over to Deslonde.

Pictured here are a few Bambusa chungii barbellata (aka "baby blue bamboo") in the foreground and Bambusa malingensis (aka "Seabreeze bamboo") behind it.

Birth of a Nursery, January 2016: I bought a lot!

Here is a vacant lot in the Lower 9th Ward. This neighborhood was one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. After the storm decimated the Lower 9th, damaging and destroying many homes and businesses, residents didn't return. This left a landscape of empty lots and some with nothing more than remains of the homes that once stood on them. In the foreground of this photo is a remnant of a concrete front porch; in the background, out of view under one of the trees, is a concrete pier. And behind the lot are entire foundations from homes that were never rebuilt.