20 July 2016

Friends of the Library Garden Tour 2016 - Site #5 - Garden of the Phoenix

This is my favourite "natural" garden on the tour.  I absolutely love the levels, the pairings, the design, the plants, the pondless waterfalls.  This property was devastated by fire six years ago and in the past five years has been completely rebuilt.  The owners hired a couple to work with them in designing and building the landscape.  The landscapers have since moved to the west coast where they operate their landscaping business.  It's truly what I consider a loss to our area to have them in another province.  

The plants, the owner tells me, were selected from a local greenhouse which is no longer in business but was known for their one of a kind items, exquisite plants and overall serene atmosphere.  That atmosphere translated here with the plantings and the design.  It's an extension of the woods beyond and is one of those gardens you hate to leave.  

The owner said they took the ages of their now teenagers in account when planning.  No tree houses or play sets here.  An expanse of grass immediately behind the house for relaxation was considered a must.  Beyond the lawn is a stunning wall of plantings and a pondless waterfall.  Above this wall is an in-ground fire pit with a semicircle of built-in seating.  The rock work and dry-stacked walls add to the natural feel of this property.

The front exposure includes a circular bed with spruce, shrubs, perennials and grasses.

Leading to the back garden, dry-stacked rock walls enforce the level changes. The remaining photos speak volumes to me so I'll let them speak for themselves to you too.  Enjoy!

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