From backyard labours of blooming love to heirloom vegetables to a 40-hectare nursery, gallery 2’s 2013 Garden Tour offered more than the traditional garden.
On Saturday, about 160 people registered to ride or drive the tour of 12 honoured gardens located not only in Grand Forks but Greenwood as well this year.
Bron and Sons Nursery was the exclusive feature to this year’s event, as Bron staffer Cheryl Ahrens hosted a very rare look at a large nursery that offers 975 varieties of plants, shrubs and perennials – and many of those in a variety of sizes as well.
Five Grand Forks private gardens generously opened for the tour, as did the Kettle River Community Garden.
Ross and Jan Freer of Son Ranch, a stop between Grand Forks and Greenwood, was a must-see for flower and wood lovers alike (the chainsaw museum was an extra attraction that didn’t disappoint).
Greenwood itself featured three private gardens, and the farm-to-table products of Annemarie and Jeff Berryman – heirloom vegetables being their specialty.
Bron and Sons Nursery (fifth picture in gallery)
Walking the rows at Bron and Suns Nursery proved to be a visual impact as to the scope and organization of a large nursery.
Kettle River Community Garden(fourth picture in gallery)
Christine-Ann Baker (left) was pleased to explain how the community garden is operated, and how easy it is for anyone to join in the venture.
Leta Heiberg-Bak (seventh picture in gallery)
Truly a masterpiece in the making, unique in Leta Heiberg-Bak’s garden are dried willow sculptures. Leta (pictured) explains the intensive work behind the art.
Lewis garden (sixth picture in gallery)
Sandy Jo and Greg Lewis take a break and pose in their sanctuary, a large selection of trees, shrubs and flowers with the backdrop of a few water features.
McKinnon garden (third picture in gallery)
Gail and Ken McKinnon’s back garden on 77th Avenue is a “family-oriented space that is an extension of our home,” hostess Gail said – and truly it’s an inspiring blend of hardscape and landscape dominated as much by the greenery as by the blue waters of the swimming pool.
Whitbread garden (first picture in gallery)
Roses of every colour, hostas, vegetables, berries … from a back yard of weeds just eight years ago to a calming oasis today, the garden of Sherry and Pat Whitbread was designed with an “invitation to ramble in mind.”
Son Ranch (second picture in gallery)
Son Ranch was originally homesteaded back in the ‘30s; the Dondale family planted 27 species of eastern hardwoods. The Freers have worked extensively over the years to improve the landscape.
A timber frame pergola is a recent addition.
– Contributed by Della Mallette