2012 Progress Garden Tour – 5 of 5 : )

Snowed another four inches last night. We haven’t gone a day without the white stuff for almost two weeks now. After the drought we sure need moisture it whatever form nature grants it and there’s no doubt the plants will be well insulated going into winter…but yeesh!

Good time to look at more gardens I’d say.

After our delicious lunch I waddled my way to the last stop on our Progress Garden Tour…home of Brenda and Terry Fraser. Terry was a generous and informative host taking us on a grand tour which included a walk out to his impressive shelter belt featuring rows upon rows of thriving blue spruce, a peek inside his incredible man cave above the barn and hints on how he makes those spectacular petunia baskets that everyone has been ogling from the highway for years.

Let’s have a look…

2012 Progress Garden Tour – 4 of 5 : )

The last three weeks have been spent enjoying the family home for Thanksgiving and madly dashing about buttoning down the farm for winter. Yesterday it was fall and this morning we awoke to winter. And still the snow comes tumbling down! I finished closing the bees inside their straw bale fort this morning and now I am listening to the clicks of the wood stove and waiting for the tea kettle to sing. It was a good summer, but now it’s time for the earth – and the people who tend it – to rest.

And it’s time to continue looking back at the beautiful gardens we saw this summer. Number 11 belongs to Sharon and Mickey Hustak and was also the location for the tea…and what a scrumptious tea it was! The salads and sandwiches were fantastic but the squares…oh my! I am ashamed to admit I had three…it was just too hard to choose between all the different kinds. Just when I finished one, someone would tell me I had to try another and how can you argue with that?

But enough about the gazillion delicious calories I guzzled. Let’s have a look at the garden instead…

2012 Progress Garden Tour – 3 of 5 : )

Here we are at the half way point of the garden tours. I have been having a blast looking over the photos and experiencing the gorgeous gardens all over again. I would like to thank all the gardeners who so generously open their gates to snoopers like me. I can only imagine the amount of work and stress that must go into getting your yard ‘Tour Worthy.” I was thinking instead of having to get your gardens in pristine condition, tours instead should hand out weed diggers as you go in and not let anyone out until they have pulled up 10 weeds each. Or whatever task the gardener might need done. Everyone could pack 10 rocks to the new rock garden etc. Many hands make light work and all that! Instead of having to cajole people into putting their gardens on the list, the tour organizers would have to beat them off with a hoe!

The 10th garden of the total 20 in the Fort St John, Dawson Creek and Progress tours we visited was pristine beyond belief. Bill and Marion Yerbury’s place held lots of gorgeous trees and shrubs, both new and established, as well as rock walls, an immaculate vegetable garden and oodles of bloomers. To top it all off the Kiskatinaw river was an easy stroll from the backyard along a wide, mown path through a gently sloping forest filled with wild flowers. Truly a Peace piece of Paradise.

Here we go…