One more picture…

This picture from Rick and Heather Hopkins garden failed to upload the first time but here it is now…a great example of how to disguise ugly culverts in a beautiful fashion!

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Makes it look like a welcoming cave instead of ho-hum culvert. I love this idea…

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And last, but certainly not least, were the gardens of Rick and Heather Hopkins. Over two decades of rock collecting gives this garden oodles of interest.

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This week the Dawson Creek school buses were cancelled twice due to cold and snow. The snow is tumbling down as I type. It is hard to believe all the beauty that awaits next spring is simmering beneath those frozen drifts of snow. A perfect day to grab a mug of your favourite herbal tea (from dried herbs gathered from your own garden of course!) and check out the last couple gardens on the North Peace Tour this summer.

The seventh garden belongs to Brenda and Dick Katerburg. Part of the blurb in the brochure reads “What do you do you do when you retire from the farm? Downsize.” The garden may be smaller than the one on the farm but it is big on beauty. Click on the thumbnail images to enlarge them for a better view…

2013 North Peace Garden Tour 5 of 8 Continued

Finally, as promised, here are some more pictures from the Greenwood garden…I snagged them off Darcy’s camera since my own camera battery up and died just as I got to the backyard…

Darcy is a far more creative photographer than I am...love how he captured both the mirror on the fence and the window boxes.

Darcy is a far more creative photographer than I am…love how he captured both the mirror on the fence and the gorgeous window boxes.

A view of the backyard

A view of the backyard

and another...

and another…

Love how the top floor of the house resembles the bow of a ship...and the window boxes are pretty magnificent too.

Love how the top floor of the house resembles the bow of a ship…and the window boxes are pretty magnificent too.

Beautifully landscaped. Note the use of stones and the brass headboard.

Beautifully landscaped. Note the use of stones and the brass headboard.

A clematis clamors up the side of a generous bird feeder

A clematis clamors up the side of a generous bird feeder

The back deck offers shade, shelter from the elements and a cozy place to view the gardens and the lake.

The back deck offers shade, shelter from the elements and a cozy place to view the gardens and the lake.

A cable spool artistically splashed with rustic stain and outfitted with castors makes a perfect table.

A cable spool artistically splashed with rustic stain and outfitted with castors makes a perfect table.

The sign says it all!

The sign says it all!

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I will be adding some more images to the Greenwood garden (5 of 8) as soon as I can remember to grab them from Darcy’s camera. In the meantime here are some glimpses of Ellen and Dan Bridge’s garden. This one has been on the tour before and it’s easy to see why! This massive garden has everything it takes to turn visitors as green as Ellen’s thumb. Just beautiful.

Have a look…

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Next up were the picturesque lakeside gardens of Linda & Jay Greenwood. It was here that–horror of garden tour horrors–my battery in my new camera died despite it having a full charge. Of course it was Sunday and we were 50 km from home and it wasn’t just any battery but a very specific rechargeable battery. Arrrghhhh! Fortunately Darcy had his camera and managed to pick up a few shots I missed, but it was a valuable lesson for next year. Bring two batteries. Or a different camera!

Maybe I’ll have a garden like this one day…when pigs fly! Loved this cheerful winged pig perched on the fence.

Another magazine worthy entrance. Just gorgeous…

And look at those perfect window boxes, not to mention the border beds and vines.

The calm before the storm…me catching a shot of Darcy making his way down to the backyard unaware my camera was about to die.

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Linda I presume, working in her gorgeous garden. Can you imagine a landscape like that? I wouldn’t know what to do first, look at the flowers or look at the lake. Who am I kidding? I’d look at the flowers. THEN I’d look at the lake.

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This was my last shot before my camera closed up and died. I will add some more shots from Darcy’s camera as soon as I manage to transfer them. In the meantime I leave you with these beautiful delphiniums filtering the lake view beyond…

to be continued…

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Lori and John Burdock have a beautiful yard full of everything a gardener could want; trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, a vegetable plot and even a completely restored antique truck!

All that and a gorgeous truck too! I couldn't resist taking a picture.

I am sure the owner of this gorgeous truck would strongly object to it being seen as a garden ornament,  but I couldn’t resist taking a picture : )

This faux fence serves as a backdrop for the perennials in front. I love this idea!

This faux fence serves as a backdrop for the perennials in front. I love this idea!

Now that's a rock! Perfectly positioned by this mature shrub it makes a wonderful exclamation point in the garden.

Now that’s a rock! Perfectly positioned by this mature shrub it makes a wonderful exclamation point in the garden.

Here's Darcy photo bombing a beautiful border. Look at those yellow lilies!

There’s Darcy photo bombing a beautiful border. Look at those yellow lilies!

Alliums look gorgeous when they bloom but I like them best after the seed heads form like this one. I have heard of people spray painting them while they're still in the garden...not sure if I would like that or not, but it is certainly a different idea.

Alliums look gorgeous when they bloom but I like them best after the seed heads form like this. I have heard of people spray painting the seed heads while they’re still in the garden…pastels, bright red, copper, black, etc. I am kind of a fan of the natural so I’m not sure if I would like that or not, but it is certainly a different idea that might be fun to try. Apologies for the seed head being out of focus…

Another beautiful border...

Another beautiful border…

The mark of a true gardener is knowing how to use plants. Goutweed is horribly invasive but it is also terribly beautiful.  Here is provides a living mulch for a thriving spruce tree while mowing takes care of the border keeping it in check. The tree looks like it's floating in a variegated foamy sea!

The mark of a true gardener is knowing how to use plants. Goutweed is horribly invasive but it is also terribly beautiful. Here it provides a living mulch for a thriving spruce tree while the borders are kept in check. The tree looks as if it is floating in a foamy green sea. If you are careful to position goutweed where you can mow around the edges you can keep it from spreading…sort of!

A thriving vegetable garden and a pile of drying lawn clippings waiting to be used as mulch.

A thriving vegetable garden and a pile of lawn clippings waiting to be used as mulch. And a chair for relaxing in when you’re done!

Here a small trellis helps keep squash off the ground.

Here a small trellis helps keep squash off the ground.

Look at all the zucchini!

Look at all the zucchini!

Tomatoes absolutely loaded with blossoms thrive under the frost cloth...excellent use of season extenders!

Tomatoes absolutely loaded with blossoms thrive under this frost cloth…excellent use of season extenders! Love the permanent pathways and the pots of geraniums too.

Hot stuff! Beautiful stove and one of the most unique fire pits I have ever seen...

Hot stuff! Beautiful stove and one of the most unique fire pits I have ever seen…

Ha!

Ha!

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Next up were the expansive hilltop gardens of Ellen and Glenn Fox. Ellen is one of those beautiful people who are born with a green thumb, a warm personality and is more than willing to share her knowledge. I got so caught up visiting with Ellen and looking at the plants I didn’t take near enough pictures and the ones I did take probably don’t do her garden justice. They capture lots of beauty spots, but not the scope of her huge space.

An old sewing machine makes a seamless transition into a garden bed.

An old sewing machine makes a seamless transition into a garden bed.

Ellen's wraparound deck has more plants on it than most people's entire gardens! Herbs and flowers thrive on the sunny side.

Ellen’s wraparound deck has more plants on it than most people’s entire gardens! Herbs and flowers thrive on the sunny side.

On the shady side baskets brim over with begonias.

On the shady side of the house baskets brim over with begonias.

More displays on deck!

More displays on deck!

Nasturtiums, marigolds and calendulas look fabulous together.

Nasturtiums, marigolds and calendulas look fabulous together.

A huge mock orange fills the space by the stairs while pots of plants dangle overhead.

These red shamrocks are prolific self seeders. Ellen uses this to the garden's advantage even popping them into containers for colorful displays.

These red shamrocks are prolific self seeders. Ellen uses this to the garden’s advantage even popping them into containers for colorful displays.

More lucky red shamrocks!

More lucky red shamrocks!

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When adding colour to your garden think beyond blooms; this yellow grass adds a vibrant splash of colour all season long.

When adding colour to your garden think beyond blooms; colorful grasses and vines add beauty to the garden all season long.

Now THAT’S a garden bed!

Linda Greene of The Greenehouse in Farmington is always a popular vendor on the garden tours; here she is set up in Ellen and Glenn’s yard.

The garden cat checks out some garden art...

The garden cat inspects a clematis seed head…

Ellen has a huge family with lots of gifted grandchildren who are responsible for these paintings in the lower part of the yard.

Ellen has a huge family with lots of gifted grandchildren who are responsible for these paintings in the lower part of the yard.

I'm guessing a horse loving grandchild did this one...

I’m guessing a horse loving grandchild did this one…

And it looks like there might be a budding gardener in the bunch as well!

And it looks like there might be a budding gardener in the bunch as well!

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Next up was the home and garden of Jean & Bertrand Gammage…

A very peaceful and Buddha-ful garden!

A loaded miniature orange tree finds a summer home on a sunny deck.

This beautiful orange tree loaded with miniature fruit obviously loves its summer home. We used to have one years ago, though nowhere near as healthy as this one. I remember when ours finally produced some little oranges Darcy was certain they would be the “sweetest little nectarines in the world”…not so! The look on his puckered up face was priceless.

gravel mulch not only suppresses weeds and helps hold in moisture, but it also holds heat; perfect for sun loving or tender plants.

Gravel mulch not only suppresses weeds and helps hold in moisture, but it also holds heat; perfect for sun loving or tender plants.

 

Gravel mulch does a great job of suppressing weeds.

Entering the backyard...

Entering the backyard…

A close up of one of the many Buddha sculptures to grace this garden.

The back garden was filled with strategically placed stones, pieces of wood and Buddha sculptures.
 The garden was filled with strategically placed stones, pieces of wood and Buddha sculptures.

and another...

and very simplistic and effective displays…it was truly a delight to find this Asian styled garden nestled in a backyard in Northern BC!

A simplistic effective display

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Here we go! Over the next eight posts I’ll give you a glimpse of the gorgeous gardens that greeted us during the North Peace Horticultural Society tour that took place on Sunday, July 21, 2013. While it’s not like seeing the gardens in person it does give you an idea of what is going on in backyards up here in zone 2b!

First up is the garden of Cathy & Russ Wilkinson. This lot in Fort St John is packed full with fruit trees, vegetables, containers, shrubs and perennials as well as a pond and a gazebo yet it still feels airy and spacious.

This entrance is worthy of a magazine cover!
This entrance is worthy of a magazine cover!
A beautiful bistro set tucked into a secluded corner makes a great space for morning coffee or afternoon tea. I love stumbling upon these little relaxing respites.
A beautiful bistro set tucked into a secluded corner makes a great space for morning coffee or afternoon tea. I love stumbling upon these little relaxing respites.
I loved this faux fence tucked into the corner of the front lawn. It adds definition and a cottage garden flavour without having the expense of an entire fence. Great idea!
I loved this faux fence tucked into the corner of the front lawn. It adds definition and a cottage garden flavour without having the expense of an entire fence. Great idea!
What a lush, welcoming entrance to the backyard. Hops make a hardy covering for arbors, fences or sheds.
What a lush, welcoming entrance to the backyard. Hops make a hardy covering for arbors, fences or sheds.
Vegetables are my passion and Cathy & Russ had plenty. I loved this grass path leading to the greenhouse. It takes a bit more work to look after than gravel or wood chips but I think the aesthetics--not to mention how it would feel on the feet--is worth it.
Vegetables are my passion and Cathy & Russ have plenty. I loved this grass path leading to the greenhouse. It takes a bit more work to look after than gravel or wood chips but I think the aesthetics–not to mention how it would feel on the feet–is worth it.
Check out this picture-perfect cabbage. It's almost too pretty to eat...almost :)
Check out this picture-perfect cabbage. It’s almost too pretty to eat…almost 🙂
 
 
A shade casting gazebo in the corner of the garden next to the water feature offers the perfect spot to rest after a morning of weeding.
A shade casting gazebo in the corner of the garden next to the water feature offers the perfect spot to rest after a morning of weeding.

A lovely, perfectly scaled pond provided soothing water sounds as well as a home for fish and plants.

A lovely, perfectly scaled pond provides soothing water sounds as well as a home for fish and plants.

Another faux fence in the back yard adds vertical growing space and visual appeal.

Another faux fence in the back yard adds vertical growing space and visual appeal.
I think the garden is in the details and I loved the details in this garden! The succulent roof on the birdhouse was wonderful.

I think a garden is in the details and I love the details in this garden! The succulent roof on this bird house is wonderful.
A wider look at the birdhouse and water feature.
A wider look at the bird house and water feature.
More succulents worth admiring
More succulents worth admiring!
 
While I lack the time and patience for growing low growing thyme on steps and borders, I love the look of it and admire those who do! While I lack the time and patience for the detailed weeding that seems to go into establishing low growing thyme or other creeping crawlers on steps and borders, I love the look of it and admire those who do!
There was even room for that essential ingredient to every successful garden...a compost bin!
There was even room for that essential ingredient to every successful garden…a compost bin!