2012 North Peace Garden Tour – 7 of 7 : )

Our last stop on the North Peace garden tour was the home of Carol Rhyason in Charlie Lake. This was also the location of the tea, bbq and craft sale. The tea was delicious (still dreaming about that nanimo bar), the craft sale was wonderful and the garden was incredible…

2012 North Peace Garden Tours – 6 of 7 : )

Our sixth stop was the home of Gail and Bruce Reid in Charlie Lake. This lakeside retreat was awash with perennials, vegetables and a glass greenhouse all guaranteed to turn gardeners green – from head to toe to thumb – with envy! And appreciation of course : ) Here’s a bit of what we saw…

2012 North Peace Garden Tour – Garden 5 of 7 : )

Next up was Dave Fehr’s fabulous raised vegetable garden also in Clairmont. Over the last two years he has created a space that is not only insanely productive but magazine worthy as well. Take a look…

2012 North Peace Garden Tour – 4 of 7 : )

Next up was Cathy Smith’s garden in Clairmont, just outside of Fort St. John. The garden tour brochure states that Cathy has the largest collection of day lilies north of Prince George…and it looks like she might have the largest collection of peonies, fuchsias and begonias too! Heck, she might have the largest collection of perennials period. As a former resident of Clairmont myself, I am pretty sure all the lots are half an acre in size and Cathy’s is crammed from corner to corner with plants. Here’s just a glimpse of her garden…

2012 North Peace Garden Tour – Garden 3 of 7 : )

I write garden profiles for Gardens Central magazine which gives me the opportunity to chat with all sorts of gifted gardeners. Most recently I interviewed Candace Carter who owns a thriving business in Ontario called Flowers in the Front Yard. She is helping people convert their front lawns into flower gardens with impressive results. For so long we have maintained our patches of green on the street while keeping our flower beds (or vegetables) hidden from view in the back. Candace aims to help change that one front yard at a time. Check out her website www.flowersinthefrontyard.com for all kinds of interesting information. Her garden will be featured in the September issue of Gardens Central.

What does all this have to do with Garden #3? I was delighted on this tour to discover how many people in the Peace Country are planting their front lawns to flowers as well. Candace would be proud! Garden #2 was a great example of this and Garden #3 featuring Sally and Greg Emory’s place is another. Check it out…to see bigger images simply click on a picture and it will switch to a slideshow.

2012 North Peace Garden Tour – Garden 2 of 7 : )

Our second stop was the home of Joan and Larry Evans of Fort St John. Their front and back yard were filled with an assortment flowers, vegetables and fruit trees as well as loads of tiny touches and great ideas…

2012 North Peace Garden Tour – Garden 1 of 1 : )

As promised, over the next couple weeks, I will be sharing tour pictures in the order we saw the gardens – our first stop was in South Taylor.  Brad and Janine Filmer have a gorgeous, secluded property that backs onto a hayfield with a view to die for. Wildfires up in Fort Nelson cast a haze over the skies obsuring the view, but you could still tell how incredible it was…and then there was the garden!