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Dave's Garden

Our garden is a product of my experiences hiking and working the B.C. rainforests, and traveling to Japan on two occasions. I have tried to capture a west coast flavour by using local mosses, ferns, trees and shrubs while suggesting Oriental influences with shapes, pruning, screens, fences, rocks and ponds.



I like to create views that remind me of nature's own creations within the forest, on a mountain top or along a small creek. I hope that what I create in my garden enhances what nature often does herself.

Our property is large by city standards and canopied over half the back by several, huge Red Cedar trees. The fierce competition for water and light around the trees, prevents growing flowers or vegetables but provides a perfect backdrop for a Japanese garden of shrubs, mosses, bamboos, ferns and ground covers. In 1992, I was thrilled to win the shade category in the Canadian Garden Magazine annual contest.


The garden's paths and planting mounds are carefully oriented to provide an optimum, balanced view from the master bedroom. Soil that I removed to create a pond or depression was mounded to create the illusion of rolling forest ground. Walking the garden paths affords a variety of viewpoints that feature the ponds, trickling creek, screens, climbing vines, gates and birdhouses.

 

Many of the materials used in the garden have a history. I enjoy the Japanese tradition of recycling "old" things to give the garden continuity with the past. One bridge stone was passed to me by a relative who retrieved it from a demolished Victoria hospital. Some retaining walls are made from recycled roof shakes. Many of the bricks or stone pavers around the garden were scrounged or hauled from favourite hiking places. Several shrubs, including two coveted bonsai trees, had origins in my family history.






If you want to talk gardening, send an email directly to Dave at davefoster@shaw.ca

 
 
 
 
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