2013 North Peace Garden Tour 1 of 8 : )

Here we go! Over the next eight posts I’ll give you a glimpse of the gorgeous gardens that greeted us during the North Peace Horticultural Society tour that took place on Sunday, July 21, 2013. While it’s not like seeing the gardens in person it does give you an idea of what is going on in backyards up here in zone 2b!

First up is the garden of Cathy & Russ Wilkinson. This lot in Fort St John is packed full with fruit trees, vegetables, containers, shrubs and perennials as well as a pond and a gazebo yet it still feels airy and spacious.

This entrance is worthy of a magazine cover!
This entrance is worthy of a magazine cover!
A beautiful bistro set tucked into a secluded corner makes a great space for morning coffee or afternoon tea. I love stumbling upon these little relaxing respites.
A beautiful bistro set tucked into a secluded corner makes a great space for morning coffee or afternoon tea. I love stumbling upon these little relaxing respites.
I loved this faux fence tucked into the corner of the front lawn. It adds definition and a cottage garden flavour without having the expense of an entire fence. Great idea!
I loved this faux fence tucked into the corner of the front lawn. It adds definition and a cottage garden flavour without having the expense of an entire fence. Great idea!
What a lush, welcoming entrance to the backyard. Hops make a hardy covering for arbors, fences or sheds.
What a lush, welcoming entrance to the backyard. Hops make a hardy covering for arbors, fences or sheds.
Vegetables are my passion and Cathy & Russ had plenty. I loved this grass path leading to the greenhouse. It takes a bit more work to look after than gravel or wood chips but I think the aesthetics--not to mention how it would feel on the feet--is worth it.
Vegetables are my passion and Cathy & Russ have plenty. I loved this grass path leading to the greenhouse. It takes a bit more work to look after than gravel or wood chips but I think the aesthetics–not to mention how it would feel on the feet–is worth it.
Check out this picture-perfect cabbage. It's almost too pretty to eat...almost :)
Check out this picture-perfect cabbage. It’s almost too pretty to eat…almost 🙂
 
 
A shade casting gazebo in the corner of the garden next to the water feature offers the perfect spot to rest after a morning of weeding.
A shade casting gazebo in the corner of the garden next to the water feature offers the perfect spot to rest after a morning of weeding.

A lovely, perfectly scaled pond provided soothing water sounds as well as a home for fish and plants.

A lovely, perfectly scaled pond provides soothing water sounds as well as a home for fish and plants.

Another faux fence in the back yard adds vertical growing space and visual appeal.

Another faux fence in the back yard adds vertical growing space and visual appeal.
I think the garden is in the details and I loved the details in this garden! The succulent roof on the birdhouse was wonderful.

I think a garden is in the details and I love the details in this garden! The succulent roof on this bird house is wonderful.
A wider look at the birdhouse and water feature.
A wider look at the bird house and water feature.
More succulents worth admiring
More succulents worth admiring!
 
While I lack the time and patience for growing low growing thyme on steps and borders, I love the look of it and admire those who do! While I lack the time and patience for the detailed weeding that seems to go into establishing low growing thyme or other creeping crawlers on steps and borders, I love the look of it and admire those who do!
There was even room for that essential ingredient to every successful garden...a compost bin!
There was even room for that essential ingredient to every successful garden…a compost bin!
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