The second garden we visited on the 2013 Dawson Creek Garden Tour was the home of the famous Buttery Bites Caramels and Heather and Dan Porrill and family. Dubbed Starbright Farm the property is located in Baytree, Alberta. The place is nothing short of incredible. At every turn there was something new to gape at and gape we did! The pictures we snapped hardly do the place justice. You really need to visit this place for yourself and luckily you can. Heather operates a store that sells her Buttery Bites Caramels (just like Grandma used to make), fabric, llama jerkey and more, as well as a seasonal tea room on the deck of their home. If the gardens, animals (chickens, geese, donkeys, llamas and more) and country store on this picturesque working farm aren’t enough to attract you, Heather is a culinary wizard. She is one of those people who dreams big and then actually goes out and sees those dreams through to fruition. A must-visit for everyone; residents of the Peace Country and beyond.
Here are just a few glimpses of the treats in store for you…and like I say, they don’t do the property justice.
A shoofly plant thrives in a container on the steps of the store surrounded by Peace Country antiques.
The entrance to the garden has a massive arbor covered with a hops vine. Undaunted by the rain, Heather spread out straw for visitors to walk on. That’s my husband Darcy heading in and Heather to the right.
Every nook and cranny held something delightful. Here some tin mugs are dangling from the arbor.
A fabulous pallet deck. Note the old barber chair…
I’m sure you’ve seen headboards used to make garden “beds” before but this one is unique. Love the bucket idea!
A beautifully tended vegetable garden that feeds the family and their lucky guests.
Bicycle tires on a fence! And check out the view behind them!
Loved this birdhouse made from a gourd.
A fence, a corner and some lattice and you have a perfect canvas for hops and sunflowers. A recipe worth copying!
The back deck edged with picture frames and coffee can planters. There’s no end to what a creative mind can come up with!
Scenes created as if for picture perfect postcards popped up everywhere.
And here are just a few of the critters…
As if this donkey wasn’t cute enough, if you look in the far background you can see another donkey nursing its tiny foal!
Even the fence for the chicken run was artfully adorned with antiques.
Red table and chairs in the tea room area on the deck. Check it out this summer! Come for the country and stay for the food. And the caramels. And the store. And the animals. And the garden. And, and, and..