CHRISTINE TRETIAK KYDON:
GARDENER, RIVER HEIGHTS
I remember my mother's garden in New Jersey; she grew a lily
called black beauty. I was always fascinated that out of
this sprout that looked like asparagus, this spectacular
I'm a gardener because I have always liked colour, form,
shape and I thought this was one way of expressing those
feelings and images. My passion for all the flowers I have
grown has narrowed down to lilies. They are spectacular,
exotic, some of them very fragrant. I enjoy showing people
the garden. It's satisfying to have people stop to admire
The Earth Laughs in Flowers
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is the home my great grand mother lived in and also
my aunt and uncle - so I have memories of coming here. One
of the things I love about gardening is digging in the dirt.
I love weeding and in fact my friends accuse me of weeding
their gardens, and I do.
It was just this little corner the first year and then every
year the garden grew. It's grown really organically and as
we had more time the garden eventually has become one garden.
If you come along the sidewalk it's very difficult to discern
whose garden it is, it's a shared garden.
It's a really front street kind of neighbourhood. Lots of
people are out walking, they are out on bikes with their
kids. We've become a landmark for the children of the area.
They know, you ride up to the garden and sit and wait for
their parents to catch up.
I have gotten to know so many people in this community because
of the garden. I think the thing that my daughters Emma and
Kate enjoy most about the garden is the flowers and being
able to go in there and pick bouquets. The garden has grown
to encompass the sidewalk or even the street. We've taken
out all the grass in the boulevard and put in a prairie wild
flower mix, which is filled with bachelor buttons, poppies
and calendula and daisies.
TALL GRASS PRAIRIE
NAR: Long ago before human gardeners, nature was the prairie's
gardener. And what nature sowed was the tall grass prairie.
At one time 1-1/2 billion acres of grasses and wildflowers.
One small 32-acre patch survives in the west part of Winnipeg.
The Living Prairie Museum.
To see a world in a grain of sand
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour
NAR: One of the earliest expressions of the
gardens established by the earliest settlers is at Captain
Kennedy house on
INTERPRETER, CAPTAIN KENNEDY HOUSE
Captain Kennedy was an explorer - he worked for the Hudson
Bay company he was a justice of the Peace as well as a
Townsman in St Andrews.
These beautiful gardens were built in the 1920s and are
indicative of a non-farming family in St Andrews at that
time. It's just really calm and relaxing place to come and
enjoy the scenery.
People come from all over the world to visit these gardens.
When I walk through these gardens I just feel at peace they
are gorgeous, they make me smile every morning when the sun
is coming off the river it's just beautiful.
Beauty is truth, truth beauty;
That is all ye know on Earth,
And all ye need to know.
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