10 of 10 Gardens on the 2013 Dawson Creek Garden Tour! :)

The last stop for us on the 2013 tour was the home, garden and business of Dale and Doris Brocke. Last but certainly not least! Doris and Dale run Rhubarb to Roses Garden Centre, a first rate nursery that supplies Peace Country gardeners with all kinds of shrubs, perennials and yes, rhubarb and roses! Their yard is a treat to tour and an added bonus to any plant shopping experience. Plus Dale whips up the most delectable rhubarb based desserts for the tea room, making this garden centre a great place to book for a lunch date with a group of friends, even if you don’t need any more plants. What am I saying? Everyone needs more plants 🙂

And again…sorry about the date imprint.

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Rhubarb to Roses Garden Centre is located 3 miles west of Dawson Creek, BC at 10865 225 Road. Head west on 108th Avenue, cross the Dangerous Goods Road and take the Old Hart Highway towards Arras.  You will see a big red & white sign on the left.

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Inside the walled garden of a former log homestead. Note the rhubarb leaf stepping stones.

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Entrance to the walled garden. Can’t you just imagine sitting back in that chair with a tall frosty glass of lemonade?

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Healthy well-established delphiniums and roses flank the entrance to the walled garden.


There were hummingbirds everywhere diving into the delphiniums…they must taste as good as they look. The delphiniums, not the hummingbirds.

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Grapes ripening on the vine against the walled garden.

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Rhubarb, roses, grapes and apples too! This is definitely the place to go if you want to buy some hardy fruit trees that will produce in our zone 2b or not 2b climate.

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All this beauty, a bountiful vegetable garden AND a billion dollar Peace Country view. This is located right next to the garden centre.

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A robust patch of rhubarb

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A poppy patch. I love poppies as much for the beautiful seed pods as I do the blooms.

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Island beds of shrubs and perennials including roses of course

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Garden Centre and Tea Room…and a lovely border of blooms including lots of herbs and lilies

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Dale creates and sells beautiful, original bird houses as well as stain glass art and windows. The centre also offers the works of many other local artists.

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Loved this birdhouse artfully positioned in a piece of driftwood. The red blooms are from the perennial Maltese Cross. A reliable staple of Peace Country gardens dating back to the gardens of the pioneers.

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Another bird house against a blue backdrop of delphiniums.


Doris is also an author. She wrote this wonderful book titled The ABC Musical Garden about flowers playing music. It is a tongue twisting, lyrical, linguistic romp through the alphabet (and garden) aimed at children but adults will enjoy it too.

ABC Musical Garden

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Where the magic begins! A compost bin made out of untreated pallets.

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A flourishing perennial bed.

And that’s all the gardens from the 2013 tour. I do apologize for the wait.

Seeing what all these gardeners have done is always so inspiring. As we make our way into February it is time to make up our seed and plant wish lists and check them twice. There are many online nurseries to choose from and some carry those rare plants that we are desperate to have. However, the local nurseries often stock the same plants or are happy (if given enough notice) to see if they can bring an item in. With the cost of shipping, shopping local just makes sense. And cents. For a full list of local nurseries click on the tab at the top. If you know of a nursery that I haven’t listed please let me know so I can add it to the list.

I hope 2016 is your best gardening year ever!