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Betsy’s Vancouver Garden – FineGardening


Today we’re in the garden with Betsy Bakker.

I would like to share with you pictures of my garden that I have been working on for 27 years. I live on Vancouver Island and with our mild winters, things can grow so well.

My husband and I brought each stone ourselves and spent our weekends in the bush collecting them. He even built a crane for the back of our truck to make it a little easier to lift. We went to great lengths to reuse items like the wood for the pavilion, which is made from recycled pallets, long before it was popular to recycle them.

I have a passion for hostas and rhododendrons and my collection is growing bigger every year.

Hope you like the pictures.

All of that hard work picking out and moving stones has clearly paid off in the form of this beautiful stone terrace and steps. A copper-leaf weeping beach (Fagus sylvatica ‘Purple Fountain’, Zones 4–7) forms a natural archway over the stairs. Numerous shrubs and lush hostas fill the garden, while a high hedge encloses the space.

Kousa dogwoodA Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa, zones 5–8) is covered in star-shaped white flowers, while beneath it a pink peony (Paeonia hybrid, zones 3–8) falls gracefully over a stone wall.

Bird feederStepping stones lead you through the lush lawn, while lilies (Lilium hybrid, Asian group, zones 4–8) bloom in soft pink and white under the bird feeder.

Wide view of the gardenA lush, perfect lawn forms a perfect counterpoint to the planted beds, trees and shrubs.

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