A simple garden transformation can make all the difference. By using some easy design tricks, even a small backyard can be made into a stunning oasis. This front yard garden makes use of color, texture and shape to create a sense of movement.
How do you transform an old garden?
It was a low-key affair. No bands played, no balloons assailed the sky, and the mayor didn’t give a speech. But Garden Transformation with Ludeman’s was a day to honor a woman who helped turn the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum into a cherished landmark of Tracy heritage. Museum board members hosted a short program Sunday afternoon to celebrate Mary Lou Ludeman’s three decades of dedication.
Among those who sent their best wishes was former Museum Director Dorthey Pamp, whose long history of museum involvement mirrors Ludeman’s. Both worked tirelessly to establish the museum, and they partnered on innumerable museum projects over the years.
In the Garden
A simple and inexpensive way to instantly improve a garden is to paint the fences or walls in the space a pale color. The lighter color will immediately brighten the whole area, and will show off your plants to their best effect. If you have a lot of greenery, consider adding burgundy or maroon accents to the mix for added contrast and visual depth.
Carly Pilius joined the Ludeman Center in 2023 and is a major program leader for community education, outreach and activities. She loves working closely with researchers and early-career scientists to support their innovative work and annual scientific events. When she’s not at the office, she can be found watching live music or exploring Colorado’s iconic peaks.