Monday, February 12, 2024

Two gardens from the 2023 VHPG Study Weekend

It's been awhile since I've had a group of photos load backwards, oh the fun! Today we're touring two gardens from last June's Vancouver (BC) Hardy Plant Group Study Weekend. These are gardens I visited on Friday, the first day of the 3-day event. Hopefully it won't make much difference to you that you're seeing these photos in the reverse order of what I intended.

First up is the garden of Joan Bentley, she described her garden as "an English cottage-garden in a PNW setting." Wollemia nobilis!

Close up of the succulents...

Wider shot of the vignette with Impatiens omeiana and a fern friend.

The above photos were taken at the end of this pathway, remember we're seeing it all in reverse. Imagine me walking backwards on this path...

Greenhouse off the side of the garage.

Border along the back of the house.

Back garden...

Magnolia sieboldii or Magnolia wilsonii, I'd be lying if I said I knew.

I knew when I took these photos back in June, but I'll be damned if I know now.

It's lovely though, and I was thrilled to see it.

Picture-perfect rhododendron, if you don't mind a foliage only rhododendron.

Eryngium, perhaps Eryngium giganteum?

The garden in front of the Bentley home, yes that's a Magonlia macrophylla.

Now we're at the garden of Gwen & Paul Odermatt, and peeking in one of their greenhouses.

Because remember, we're starting at the end. 

Gwen runs a small nursery onsite. I would have shopped if I could have brought plants back across the U.S./Canada border.

I wonder how much they use their garage?

There were lots of container plantings and a gorgeous clematis.

Container displays on the steps up to the back of the house and deck.

I began this half of the post with a look at one of these wire stands in the greenhouse, empty. Here it's filled with plants.

I was curious about the ID of the plant with the long leaves just to the bottom of the fern. There will be another photo of the plant (different plant, same species) towards the end of the post.

Dryopteris erythrosora, the autumn fern?

This "fence" was a perfect match for the garden.

Here's the official garden description: "This rural, hilly garden, which lies almost on the Canada/U.S. border is backed by natural woodland and a broad view of the North Shore Mountains. The gently undulating land has been used to great advantage for a pond, waterfall, and as habitat for damp-loving plants and beneficial wildlife. It is truly a collectors garden featuring island beds that follow the contours of the sloped, artistically planted with a wealth of interesting and unusual perennials."


Another photo of the plant I'm hoping for an ID on... (dead center).

And now we're at the entrance to the garden, which in this case is the end. Come back on Wednesday for more Canadian garden touring!

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  1. Everything is SO GREEN! The Impatiens omeiana is a pretty thing, I haven't seen that before. The magnolia bloom is perfection. Looking forward to more.

  2. I admire - and envy - both gardens. I'd love to have the Magnolia with the uncertain ID in the Bentley garden, which has flowers that don't have to be viewed using a telephoto lens. I appreciated the clever displays of potted plants in the Odermatt garden. And of course the greenhouses in both gardens are the subject of my dreams.

    1. If I had more room I would definitely add that magnolia to the mix!

  3. Great to see quite a few succulents in what to me are quintessential PNW gardens. It seems like having a greenhouse of some sort is a must?!?

    1. One of my first posts from this weekend event was a look at all the greenhouses, they were varied but almost every garden had one.

  4. The takeaway from Joan Bentley garden is the awe inspiring Wollemia nobilis... Wow.
    I wouldn't object to some of those fabulous rusty metal stands in Gwen & Paul's garden, and definitely envious of anyone can successfully grow Foxtail lily... just love them.

    1. Right? I tried, and failed with the foxtail. They are so fabulous when done well.

  5. Such a well grown Dryopteris erythrosora...sigh...


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