Shopping Local

Here in the Peace Country we are blessed with top quality local nurseries that are welcome alternatives to Wal-Mart or Canadian Tire! The people that run them are knowledgeable about what we can grow locally and will even bring in hard-to-find perennials, shrubs or trees just for you (if you ask early enough) saving you the hassle of tracking them down yourself, not to mention the horrific shipping costs. Often the shipping costs as much as the plant itself!

Here’s a wonderful newsletter I just received from Linda Greene; owner of The Greenehouse at Farmington:

And here goes January – out with a lot of weird weather to keep us guessing.   We have had a good amount of snow which will help shelter those borderline, and other, perennials with which we gardeners are always experimenting!

This is to give you some notice as to what will be new at The Greenehouse this year, as well as my favorites – like the Haskap or Honeyberry.  I will again have about 200 pots from 1 gallon to 5 gallon, and about 5 different varieties.  I cannot say enough good things about this berry for the prairies – it is reliable, vigorous, hardy, fast growing (starts producing second year); the berries are early (late June and on for about 4 weeks), healthy, are good to eat mashed up with sugar (they are a tart berry) and make great jam!  Below is a picture from one of my Haskap bushes last year, as well as my Evan Cherries – they REALLY liked the dry weather (???) and produced very well.

Linda Greene HaskapLinda Greene Cherry Harvest Linda Greene Cherry Give me a call if you wish to reserve Haskap or Cherries – I am bringing in Romeo and Juliet Cherry.

I am only bringing in a few other shrubs as with downsizing I cannot handle what we used to do.  I am always happy to order trees or shrubs if you call me with something specific.  What I have on order are the Sensation Lilac – some of you have seen mine blooming in June.  It is quite spectacular with its’ white edged purple, fragrant flowers.  Also, a few Thunderchild crabapple – the ornamental purple leaf, pink flowering tree.  Something new for the adventurous are the Goji berries.  I am bringing in some 2 gallon pots of this healthy antioxidant berry producing shrub.  My supplier tells me it is hardy to Zone 3 – so if you have had success with other Zone 3 bushes and want to try Gojis I will have some about mid-May.

As always I will have bedding plants and hanging baskets – as many as I can cram into my little  “Greenehouse”!  I’ll also have some seed potatoes – Warba, Kennebec, Yukon Gold, Red Pontiac, Norland and a few Banana potatoes.

I plan to formally open Saturday May 4th with the second annual Yard and Garden Sale.  I always like to see if I can find some different garden giftware items, plus I think I have enough “Yard Sale” things for an annual sale for the next 10 years!   (The Free table was popular last year!)  I’m open most days May and June, but good to call first to check to see if I’m open, and I’m happy to arrange other convenient times.  I’ll also be at the Chetwynd Farmers Market on Thursdays, or Dawson Creek Farmers Market Saturdays starting May 11th.

Here’s hoping for a good gardening year for us all.  Please call me if you have questions or are looking for something specific – I am always excited to look for the new and different.

Hope to see you in the Spring!


The Greenehouse at Farmington


2012 Dawson Creek Garden Tour – 8 of 8 : )

Last but Definitely Not Least!

Our last stop for the 2012 garden tour season was the gorgeous mountain top home of Elaine and Bob Peterson. Their eye popping property was filled with shrubs, perennials, raised vegetable beds, a pond, a fountain and if all that wasn’t enough to knock your socks off, a sweeping view that made you wonder how anyone could take their eyes off it long enough to garden!

2012 Dawson Creek Garden Tour – 7 of 8 : )

Next up was the garden of Dick and Margo Sequins…once again we were blown away by the beauty, creativity and magic hidden in one backyard. Words cannot do this garden justice so here are the pictures…

2012 Dawson Creek Garden Tour – 6 of 8 : )

Just as I was wondering what was behind other homes in Dawson Creek we came to the home of Delores and Wayne Plenert. This delightful garden combined Wayne’s love of trains with the couple’s love of landscaping. It’s the kind of garden that is sure to put a smile on your face. A winning combination of fun, elegance and beauty!

2012 Dawson Creek Garden Tour – 5 of 8 : )

Donna and John Tritthardt’s garden was like that battery bunny…it kept going and going and going. We saw the front yard and thought…this is wonderful! Then we went around the back where there were all these perfect raised beds of vegetables and we thought…this is wonderful! Then we noticed an open gate and realized they were on a double lot. We went through the gate and…it was even more wonderful! To my great dismay I was so focused on the plants I never took any wide angle shots so you could see how big the back yard was. There was a huge lawn, all kinds of trees, perennials, vegetables, compost bins, rain barrels and more. Everything was incredibly neat and organized with lots of great ideas. It made you wonder what else is hidden in backyards around Dawson Creek!

2012 Dawson Creek Garden Tour – 4 of 8 : )

Barbara and Bill Rose have an amazing garden that fills every spare inch of their Dawson Creek property. Perennials, annuals, shrubs and vegetables flourish everywhere you turn. No one can deny a green thumb – or two – lives here!

Garden Photo Size

I took such a long break from my blog that by the time I came back WordPress had gone and changed everything and now the format for the picture sizing (as well as a bunch of other behind the scenes stuff) is different. This is not a reflection of what I think of the gardens! If you click on the smaller pictures they turn into a full sized slideshow. I’m sure you know that, but since I myself am a complete neophyte when it comes to these things I felt the need to point it out : )

Five more gardens from the Peace Country 2012 tours to go…and then it’s on to planning the 2013 garden year. I have already been plotting and planning my seed orders! Very exciting…