Tiny Gardens
A container holding an evergreen blueberry bush, a companula, a heuchera, a nandina, a dwarf butterfly bush, mahonia and a dwarf arbor vida bowling ball, sits on display at Bennie’s Gardens in Chehalis on Friday, June 16, 2017.

For Bill Moeller, a house is not a home without a garden.

So, when he moved to his home in Nylandia Park in Centralia about 2½ years ago, he knew he had his work cut out for him. His yard is only a few feet wider than the mobile home on any given side. But he was determined to make it work.

“You have to have a garden,” Moeller said.

Apparently, Moeller is not alone. More and more people, especially seniors, are turning to smaller homes in recent years. According to Windermere real estate, about 40 percent of Baby Boomers express a wish to downsize sometime in the next five years. And real estate company Trulia records that an estimated 37 percent of homeowners say they’d like to downsize their accommodations rather than upsize, while only 23 percent of homeowners feel the opposite. About 60 percent of homeowners living in homes larger than 2,000 square feet said they believed their next home would be a smaller one.

But living in a smaller square footage does not mean foregoing typical amenities such as a landscaped yard, it just means getting a little creative, said Moeller.

“You’ve got to decide what you want: lawn or garden,” Moeller said. “Most people choose lawn with a little garden but I went the other way.”

Moeller said he had to get permission from the park’s manager to remove sod to add more area for landscaping. He said the manager was hesitant at first because no…