If I had a Million Dollars…

“If I had a million dollars…”

This is the main chorus line in a very humorous song by the Bare Naked Ladies but doesn’t everyone think this every now and then?

So with a gardening slant…

If I had a million dollars I’d build a modest house of four bedrooms and put it on as much acreage as I could afford and still have money leftover for everything else on my list. Twenty to thirty acres would do. It would have a long, long driveway with red and sugar maples lining the sides of it creating some spectacular fall color (and a bunch of leaves for the compost bin).

Outside of the maples the ground would be left mostly natural either with fields of wildflowers and grass or surrounding forest which ever it happened to be. Behind the house would be fields or forest left mostly natural. Through the fields there would be pathways that would form a rough sort of maze with points of interest along the way. Little gardens in the rough just waiting to pop out and grab your attention. Places to sit and contemplate nature would be placed along the way. Somewhere on the property there would be a natural stream like the one I grew up around perfect for wildlife to visit. Birches and other water loving trees would create a shade grove around that creek.

Near the house there would be a large vegetable garden that could host every sort of vegetable I could imagine and then some. Some for canning, some for eating and some for giving away. There would be a heated greenhouse for my many cutting experiments and seed starting. I would also have the ultimate garden shed, it would be powered, heated and have running water. I would go solar also. I’d have the shed and the house powered to run off the sun!

What would you do if you had a million dollars for your garden?

I could probably think of more but I’ll stop now and tell you this, “if I had a million dollars…

I’d be rich!”


Dave has written GrowingTheHomeGarden.com since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. If I had a million dollars….I’ve thought about this a lot…..I would hire my sister, Carol, to be my personal gardener/landscaper.

  2. i would do the same as you, but add in a huge garage with water and plumbing and heating and air conditioning for my husband. i would pay for college for all of my kids. if only….

  3. I would save lots and lots of animals! I would also have lots of land for my special furry babies to roam free and be safe and happy from all evil larking from beyond our moat! Ah, the dreams….

    I would have a professional landscaping firm come in and build my dream yard! I have always dreamed of a swimming pool that looks like a natural stream (Saw one on HGTV) and have water falls and flowers and plants galore! I would have someone else put it all in and I would spend the rest of my life caring and nurturing it! I would be so far out in the middle of nowhere that you could not hear anything but nature! Ah the dreams…

    Okay, Back to reality, I need to get the garden clothes out of the washer and put into the dryer and have them fluffed and ready for tomorrow!

  4. Sherry,

    It looks like she would be a very good choice!


    Good idea on the garage. That would be pretty nice. Why not even build a second project garage? 🙂


    Wow a moat! Now that would be neat.

  5. Very cute post and comments. I’d stay right where I am but get rid of my oval above ground swimming pool, tear my house down, build a bigger and better house with an inside swan shaped swimming pool, pay off my kids houses and last but not least, Tina, you can keep your million and I will pay for all my grandkids college. Oh my maybe I have spent it all by now! Maybe enough to buy my 5 birds new fancy cages.

    A moat sounds GREAT!! What a neat idea. The only real moat I have seen in person was the moat around the Tower of London.

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