As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I could not think of a better time to share the ingenuity of a particular woman. You might not know Coleen by name, but you will remember how she made hillsides not as challenging. The Hillside Planter has evolved as a way to solve a problem in the landscape.
Many of us have been confronted with a slope that needed a bit of beautification. Thoughts might have entered your mind of digging without falling. After planting, would the plants follow you down the hillside after watering? Would the water go to the roots or make a river? Coleen had to contend with these thoughts and more. What’s a woman to do? Create Hillside Planters of course!
KNOW HOW TO HOLD THEM!
No need for complicated scenarios, railroad ties, or wood terracing for an entire hill just for a plant or two. When Colleen had to replant her runaway hillside, she knew it had to be a better, simpler, safer way. An expensive retaining wall was out of the question. With a determined spirit and winning mindset, she created what will be a gamechanger. The first prototype of the Hillside Planter was shown at the National Hardware Show in May of 2019.
REALITY CHECK = TRUTH
To go from this…
To a planting that stays put like this, Coleen realized this was a dream come true.
A Hillside Planter that could keep plants in their place is a winning idea. An additional benefit is a way it holds the water a little longer at the root zone. This is a need that is right on time. Coleen realized this idea that could save homeowners a lot of time. Many landscapers are in need of something simple to get the job done. This is a cost-effective answer to the erosion discussion that begins every season. Homeowners, beginning gardeners, and especially seasoned women like myself are sure to find this product to be a dream come true.
HILLS, SLOPES OR BANKS? – YOU GOT THIS!
I am happy to see that the Hillside Planter handles six-inch pots to five-gallon trees. Once the weather stabilizes, I will share how the Hillside Planters are making this DIY’er just a little less hesitant to beautify my backyard slope.
Coleen, Thank you for creating the Hillside Planter which will make gardening a bit easier. Creative, ingenious women like you, are our history makers!
Dreaming of planting my Cercis canadensis when the mud dries up. Honestly, I am thinking of the money saved for all the plants I will buy.
Teri, Cottage In The Courtby