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!

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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!

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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!

2012 Dawson Creek Garden Tour – 3 of 8 :)

Next up is the country home of Bernie Steward & Lynda Walker outside of Pouce Coupe. Lots of space, lots of plants and a spectacular view to boot!

I know all too well the challenges of disguising those country cisterns! This is a unique and effective idea...

I know all too well the challenges of disguising those country cisterns! This is a unique and effective idea…

The view beyond the gardens...looking out over the Pouce Coupe Valley. Breathtaking or what!

The view beyond the gardens…looking out over the Pouce Coupe Valley. Breathtaking or what!

I love portulaca…as you can see by its use around the cistern as well as in this container, it loves hot, dry conditions so is the perfect choice for sunny areas!

How lovely it must be to step out your back door with a cup of tea in hand on a sunny Peace Country morning!

How lovely it must be to step out your back door with a cup of tea in hand on a sunny Peace Country morning!

This massive perennial bed runs along the back of the house

This massive perennial bed runs along the back of the house

Yet another view of that incredible perennial bed along the back of the house! That alone would be enough garden for most to maintain : )

Yet another view of that incredible perennial bed along the back of the house! That alone would be enough garden for most to maintain : )

Natural stonework compliments the natural woodwork in the arbour...both elements are right at home in this country garden.

Natural stonework compliments the natural woodwork in the arbour…both elements are right at home in this country garden.

Healthy hanging baskets perched on chairs made delightful eye catchers all over the yard!

Healthy hanging baskets perched on chairs made delightful eye catchers all over the yard!

Gorgeous antiques with Peace Country flavors were lovingly placed throughout the expansive grounds.

Gorgeous antiques with Peace Country flavors were lovingly placed throughout the expansive grounds.

An antique red and white enamel bowl filled with gaillardia rests on an old wooden chair.

An antique red and white enamel bowl filled with gaillardia rests on an old wooden chair.

An old coal hod (or possibly a roaster) packed with perfect pansies perched on a beautiful wagon.

This is among the most natural waterfall features I have ever encountered...just beautiful!

This is among the most natural waterfall features I have ever encountered…just beautiful!

2012 Dawson Creek Garden Tour – 2 of 8 : )

Anyone who is following these posts with the Dawson Creek & District Horticultural Society’s handy map and pamphlet in hand will quickly see we didn’t visit the gardens in order!

Next up (for us) were the extensive gardens of Karen Wetherhill. A resident of a local trailer park, Karen puts to bed any misconceptions about there not being enough space for a wildly productive and attractive garden on rental pads. She has made creative use of fences, containers, flower beds and tends a huge vegetable garden in the back. The results of her committment and incredible green thumb skills were inspiring to say the least.

Prepare to be impressed…