Even though their south Tulsa home has limited space, Kelley Watt and Duke Thompson have a garden and several outdoor living areas to rival those of large lots.
In December 2018 Thompson purchased the single-story zero lot line home, which means the structure comes up to, or very near, the edge of the property line. The couple fell in love with the work the previous homeowner, a Master Gardener, had done to excavate and create extended flowerbeds and nooks perfect for small patio pockets.
“Duke had never planted before other than two little pots at the lake and buying some Boston ferns from Walmart,” Watt says, adding he did always have a knack for a tidy yard. Since purchasing the home Thompson has greened his thumb. “He’s really good at picking out plants that grow well in certain places. Plus, he buys really good soil.”
The couple can often be found on their patio, sitting under the pergola and listening to the fountains they installed. The compact space has several monarch waystation plantings and is a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
They were pleased to have the outdoor space during 2020’s stay-at-home orders but did experience troubles with this past February’s epic freeze, losing several bushes and perennials.
Needless to say, Watt and Thompson encourage others with small spaces to maximize what they have. As Watt says, “You can do so much.”