Friday, March 29, 2024

Pam Frost's garden, a Vancouver Study Weekend stop

Next up on my Vancouver Study Weekend adventure (last June) was this garden belonging to Pam Frost. A multi-layered planting screens the front of the house from the street—I was standing with my back to the house looking towards the street when I took this photo.

I love the bits of clipped hedge emerging from the dense foliage.

From our tour booklet: "Gardening on her 1/2 acre for over 50 years, Pam Frost has created an amazing sanctuary within the city. Pam is the consummate gardener and her love of plants shows everywhere you look. As you stroll through her garden keep an eye out for all the rare and unusual plants that make her garden so special."


Coming around the side of the house this is what you see, an old greenhouse and a, well, moss bed?...

With ferns for pillows!

I wish I would have had a chance to ask Pam about this interesting feature...

The greenhouse has obviously seen better days, but retains its charm.

I love (LOVE!) that rusty bowl under the table.

There were many clematis throughout the garden, weaving around and through the other plants.

Once I looked out to the back garden my jaw dropped...


It just goes on and on...

I overheard many people comparing the garden to what they saw on previous visits, evidently Pam's garden has been on a few tours through the years. She's getting older (as we all are) and may not be gardening here much longer.

Wandering back towards the house.

Looking at the plants as I go.

More of those clematis.


Rhododendron pachysanthum (maybe?)

Love this odd little iris...

Polystichum setiferum

Arisaema some somebody

What a fantastic garden with so many mature established plants.

I am so glad I got to see it.

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  1. What a stunning space. Wow, Pam's space is truly glorious. *I love that moss bed!

  2. Lovely moss bed - very interesting feature. I feel like I have been there before, maybe on a garden tour back in 2008/9. Those tall, golden Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia' look very familiar.

    1. Bet you were, I wonder if the moss bed was there then?

  3. That's a spectacular garden! I can only dream of a space like that. Thank you for sharing it.

  4. Now that's a well-established garden! My jaw dropped too when I saw the back garden. I don't expect I'll be around to see any of my plants get that huge but then our annoying "view conservation ordinance" would probably have neighbors filing complaints with the city if they did. The moss bed was strangely appealing and I'd love to get a Clematis (or 2) to weave among plants as Pam did.

    1. There has got to be a secret to that kind of clematis success. One that has thus far eluded me.

  5. "Gardening...for over 50 years"! Barely half way there, I'm admiring her achievement and wondering if I can keep it up for another 25 plus years.
    The moss bed is an exercise in minimalism and restraint. Judging by the perennial borders cramscaped to perfection, it must be challenging bed to maintain.
    The (possibly) R. pachysanthum photo is so good, I want to run out and get one!

    1. I've been gardening this plot for (gasp) 20 years this July, I cannot imagine what it would be like to be here 30 years from now. Don't run too fast!!! I'm now thinking that might be Rhododendron bureavii 'Cinnamon Bear'.

  6. Awesome. So green! Here green is never that green. Yes what a strange wonderful iris--wondering what it is.

    Thanks for sharing the beauty.

    1. Iris foetidissima

    2. Hoov-spring here is that green... but then the rain stops and that's the end of that.

      Anon-thanks! I thought it might be, but wasn't 100% sure.


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