Monday July 15,2019
|Ann & Ron Wallace||82 Legault Cres. *|
|Mary & Paul Pilkington||4185 Townline Rd.|
|Winnie & Herman Gonsalves||132 Johnston Ave.|
|Debra Williams||12 Adler Dr.|
* NOTE: Please visit 82 Legault Cres. first if you wish to purchase/renew your membership or purchase a Nightly Pass.
Ann & Ron have lived at this property for 29 years and have created gardens full of their favourite plants and garden décor.
Over time, gardens were created where grass wouldn't grow...along the driveway, out back next to the shed and under the trees. The most notable conversion was the front yard which was Ann's first major retirement project. Many of the rocks in the gardens were collected from their travels across Canada & the US. A new Free Little Library will soon be installed on the front lawn.
Ann is drawn to foliage plants for their varying colour and texture including coral bells that have been planted along the side stairway in a collection. The garden shows their array of colour.
Hostas also have a place in the shady areas showcasing their many shapes, sizes and colours. A new favourite is called White Feathers. It will be easy to spot in the garden under the red maple.
A work in progess along the width of the property under the canopy of trees is a shade garden created where their beloved dog used to wear down a path.
Another important role in the garden is decor. Ann is always looking to add character by re-purposing old items like hanging wooden window frames on the fence, stuffing a chiminea with plants and using old farm pieces like a wagon wheel as a trellis and a milk can & galvanized tub for planters.
All the gardens are eclectic collections with something unexpected at every turn. Make sure to take a peek in the wasted space between the house and the fence.
Mary & Paul write:Our Garden is on a mature 2 acre country property. Our feature water garden is part of a pathway of perennials, roses and flowering shrubs. Our new addition this year is a small raised vegetable garden
Winnie & Herman moved to this home 9 years ago. The first thing they did was plant an emerald Cedar hedge along the back of the property. Today it provides privacy and a beautiful backdrop to their gardens. The backyard gardens form wonderful designs and give the negative shape of the lawn graceful lines. The gardens are filled with a variety of perennials, shrubs and unusual trees including 2 different types of Ginkgos, weeping beech, magnolia and mature Tree Peonies that hopefully will still be in bloom for your visit.
It has been 2 – 3 years since Winnie has done anything major in the yard so this year she decided to install a new garden where butterfly weed seeds, small Hydrangeas, a Beauty Bush and climbing vines have been planted and will soon fill out the space.
The combination of river rock as a ground cover in some gardens and mulch in others provides different textures and interest in the overall design of the yard. A wheel barrow and bicycle basket filled with colourful annuals and a solar-powered fountain, are among many whimsical touches you’ll find as you stroll through the property.
In front, gravel walkways wind through gardens filled with a variety of shrubs and perennials including white bleeding hearts, peonies, painted ferns and trilliums. Enjoy your visit to this beautiful piece of paradise.
Debra created this home and garden from an empty lot with only two pines and a maple. I loved the location and purchased the lot to build and create a beautiful home for my children in 2001 and we have so many lovely memories over the years. It has taken years of planting and pruning to create this oasis, continually changing the design. One of my favourite trees is the pink Magnolia in the front garden planted in memory of my dog that passed Bailey. She brightens the spring when she blooms. The other elements are all the different varieties of hostas which many came in from my parent’s house in Toronto and various friends and family. Last but not least the best part of this property is the privacy and the “no maintenance”, once you prepare the gardens for the spring with no grass to cut and virtually all perennials you get to sit back and enjoy the tranquil space for the summer and fall months.
If you’re interested in creating an inviting, tranquil and unique space please feel free to contact me at Debra@seablue.ca a full service management company focused on architectural, interior and exterior/landscape design.
Thank you for your generous offer to open your garden to our members, I’m sure they will enjoy touring your property.