The evening got underway at St. James Anglican Church’s butterfly garden. Wonderful drifts of flowering perennials ensure that this is a magnet for the local butterfly population. Meticulously maintained borders are available for rent for any summer inspired function
Grasses were used to theatrical effect in the sunnier areas of the property including a bed that was once infested with the dreaded ‘goutweed!’
A riverside property on County Road 18 offered an enchanting view of the Grand combined with a meticulously manicured property, boasting what I consider to be some of the nicest specimens of Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ that I have ever come across. See what I mean?
A delightful and colourful wind chime added the perfect touch of whimsy to the property, and the trickling sound of water was the perfect denouement for the view of the Grand that would come later!
A truly spectacular specimen of Cornus alternifolia, with its wonderful pagoda inspired branching was the highlight of the final stop on the tour. A local bed and breakfast, this property offered plenty for the vacationing gardener!
A delightful walled garden, reminiscent of an English potager, elegantly edged in pristinely manicured Box was a delightful distraction from a nearby house recently built that loomed nearby! The owners have done a wonderful job of keeping their guests focused on the cause at hand, a wonderful series of gardens! I love that the wooden window frames seem to hang in the air as if my some magical force field!
Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’ is delightful this time of year, and unlike its ganglier cousin S. ‘Bridalwreath’ it maintains a more compact, fuller growth habit, with its arching branches weighted down with bloom! Sublime!
A delightful evening, with the weather agreeing with us…. for once! It can rain all day tomorrow if it wants! Many thanks to the talented gardeners who have opened their properties to our Society for this annual gala! Mark June 12th on your calendar and come out and see these delightful gardens in all of their glorious bounty! A donation to the local FoodBank is greatly appreciated!