2006 Garden Visits a great Success!
Tuesday night was our (Thunder Bay Horticultural Society) garden visits. We enjoyed viewing 5 gardens in Thunder Bay. Each garden was beautiful in it's own way and very special. What a treat for our members. The pictures are under the cut.
Ann & Fred Kaszor
close-up of Garden
Another shot farther back
Close shot of fence
Pelican on Stump
Side of Garage
Kathleen Milks in her garden
Kathleen and Diane(friend of mine) sitting in shade
Joan Anderson in her Garden
Carole Kostyniuk in her Garden
Another shot of Carole's Garden
Garden of Hope sign
Entrance to Garden of Hope
Now I will fill you in a little about these gardens and gardeners. Ann and Fred are both over 80 years old. They have been gardening for years, and start all their plants from seed in the house in March and April. Once the weather warms up, outside in the green house they put up just for this purpose. Once the plants are mature enough and are hardened off, into the gardens they go. It's a lot of work as you can see from the pictures. They have a great vegetable garden behind the flower garden, along the back fence and the peas are ready for picking and I'll bet they have been eating the lettuces for some time now. The beans are ready too. What a great garden and back yard. A lot of work and love went into this garden and we sure appreciated viewing it.
Kathleen had a large back yard and had some gardens in the shade and some in the sun. Rocks decorated her yard, from chunks of amethyst to a large pink quartz rock. The rocks are her husband's contribution. Even a small waterfall made of rocks, but sorry no pictures. I waited till the end because I didn't want to run out of memory and sure enough I did. Joan had a wonderful garden too, and it was mostly shade again, but very well done. A water fountain brightened up the area and gave music to the surroundings.
Carole and her husband had a pool in their back yard, and when the liner split they had to make a decision. Keep the pool,which meant replacing the liner, pump, filters and other paraphenalia to last another 15 years, or remove the pool and replace it with garden. As you can see from the pictures, they went with the second choice. What a wonderful job they did.
The last pictures are of the sign for the Garden of Hope, and the entrance to the gardens. The entrance in no way does justice to the gardens that lie beyond. Wouldn't you know it, that's when I ran out of memory. There were so many wonderful and exotic daylilies I would have liked pictures of, to say nothing of the other perennials strategically placed amoungst the shrubs and other plants. I will have to return another time for more pictures. The garden of hope is open to the public all the time. If anyone is visiting Thunder Bay, I highly recommend a stroll through the gardens. It is located along th walking pathway beside the old Bell Building on Balmoral Avenue, between Rolland and Russell Street. Bring your camera for sure as there are lots of photo ops.
Well, that's it for the tour. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed taking the pictures. My only regret is not having another memory stick for my camera. I am going to have to get one of those.