GARDENER, ST VITAL
I've been involved in garden tours for 6 years. It was mainly
to see in other people's yards to get ideas. There's no
end to the fun in the garden tour... and everyone enjoys
it. You will see gardens of all types on the garden tour
from absolutely perfectly laid out expensive gardens to
one garden it was the tiniest front yard you could come
Gardens are a great insight into people's personalities
cause I think people keep their houses the same way they
keep their houses. I'm talking about women now. I think the
women I know who garden - the gardens are the same as their
house - they are either neat and tidy or they are shabby
overgrown and messy - and that's how they keep their house,
exactly how they keep their garden.
I remember when my mother planted petunias and geraniums
and those were the only two plants she ever planted and I
said I would never plant them, but I do. I think that every
good woman gardener needs a good man who says yes dear, who
will do the hard work, the shovelling, the building. It's
nice to have a yes dear in your life.
With a few flowers in my garden,
half a dozen pictures
And some books, I live without envy.
- Lope de Vega
GARDENER, HENDERSON HIGHWAY
My garden is probably a really casual fun garden with lots
of art in it. As an artist I feel like my garden is an extension
of my living space and I do like to put my art and my friend's
art to enjoy it there.
We are talking a real variety of art. Some of it is really
fun and some of it was from found objects that we've just
turned into art that was really nothing till we put it into
the garden. I think gardening is really important to me.
I go out there and just lose track of time and myself in
Being located on the river has really been an asset because
we don't have a cottage and so this home to us is like a
cottage. I just feel very relaxed and comfortable when I
walk around the garden. It's also really rewarding when friends
come by and give you compliments about how great the garden
I guess the advice I would give to upcoming gardeners is
to think of leaf shapes, leaf colour, texture, then the flower
after. Because when you look at your garden it should be
pretty and colourful when it isn't in bloom and that comes
from the use of perennials.
A garden really lives only insofar
as it is an expression
The embodiment of a hope and
a song of praise.
DORIS MAE OULTON:
GARDENER, ARMSTRONG POINT
This garden has a calmness and stillness to it. It has several
water features. It's very quiet and in the morning you come
out and feel the peacefulness. It's a very god feeling garden.
We added a contemplative garden this year, which I love.
You create something and you can nurture it and watch it
grow and it just matures so quickly. There is such a great
sense of accomplishment. A garden has to show a person's
touch. It has to show an arranging; it has to show someone
has put something into it. I don't count gardens that looked
like they've been put in by machine but if someone has spoken
to that piece then it becomes a garden.
You have to come to peace with your garden in Winnipeg.
You just have to learn what works in this climate and stick
to that and then it will tumble out and reward you
My favourite plant right now is the hosta, they are like
little lace petticoats. They frame things so beautifully
and they are always so symmetrical and they are always green
and voluptuous. I love the hosta.
In order to comprehend the beauty
of a Japanese garden,
It is necessary to understand
- or at least to learn to understand
- The beauty of stone.
- Lafcadio Hearn
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