Posts tagged Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce Counties

Garden Visits: Keppel Croft

Wow, I found another garden that I am full of admiration for, and the best thing, it is very close to Kilbourne Grove. That means I can visit it at different times of the year, and steal get lots of ideas from it, and not just on plant material. The owners, of Keppel Croft, Bill and Dawn Loney, are masters at not only gardening, but hardscaping, potscaping and all kinds of artscaping! I took over 200 photos when I visited, so many great ideas, I will have to break up my visit in a number of posts.

The Loneys started their garden in 1977 when they moved to Wiarton from the Arctic. At that time, it was 4 acres of (mostly) empty fields with only a house and a few plants on it. They had no plan for the garden, it just gradually evolved, and is still evolving.  Their garden is located on a bed of gravel/rock. Every time something is planted, a pickaxe is needed, and more stones are found, lots of these are used to mulch beds, and create paths.

You walk through this gorgeous gazebo to the rock garden, and yes, shouldn’t everyone have a chandelier outside. I know we had one on our porch in Kingston, and are just waiting till we stumble across a cheap one for Kilbourne Grove.

They use large swaths of plants to fill and highlight art installations.

Another gazebo leads you along the path.

I like the raised water feature on the terrace by the house. I wonder if Ian could build one.

Great use for all the thousands millions of rocks that they dig up on a daily basis.

The path into the woodland walk.

Have a seat and rest, there is still lots to see.

The walk through the woods was very interesting, lots of art installations, which I thought was very unusual, but loved.

You all know how I feel about an allee, love the light at the end of the tunnel. Can’t wait till mine achieves this effect.

He does all his own concrete work, I shall have to see if there are any workshops.

The rock garden.

My favourite spot, we all know I am a sucker for a formal space.

There is still lots to see…

Ooops, I forgot to give the link to Keppel Crofts website, please do go visit, lots of interesting stories.

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Garden Visits: Larkwhistle

There is an iconic Canadian garden fairly close to Kilbourne Grove. It was probably one of the first gardens in Canada to achieve national recognition. Patrick Lima and John Scanlon started gardening at Larkwhistle back in the 1970’s and since have published several books about gardening, using photos of their garden.  When my friend Janus came to visit from Kingston, we decided to drive up to Larkwhistle, as she has never been there before.

Well, Janus was in seventh heaven. This garden is very similar to her garden, both in the country, surrounded by fields. A profuse overgrown cottage look. Arches and pergolas built from cedar rails.

You could almost see the steam coming out of her ears, as she took it all in.

Oooh, purple goodness, thalictrum and verbena bonariensis.

The Quiet Garden.

I love these concrete pools, (as you can tell by so many photos), must show to Ian.

Must have this Clematis!


You can read another post (and see a whole lot better photos) about this garden on Jen’s Three Dogs in a Garden blog. She and I e-mailed about the chance of getting together when she and her husband were on holiday in the Bruce. She even offered to weed my garden for me, what a sweetie. But the times just didn’t work out, hopefully it will happen another year. She visited Larkwhistle 2 weeks before Janus and I did, see if you can see the difference in the garden by reading her story about it here and here.

Larkwhistle is open to the public for a nominal charge of $3.00 and believe me, you will get a hundred times that in ideas for your own garden.Just be sure and check that it is open before you drive up, they are open on the weekends, I know, but not sure about during the week. If you have the time, be sure and check out this site, Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce County. Over 30 gardens, including Larkwhistle, belong to this network, all opening their gardens to the public on a regular basis. Perhaps, one day, when Kilbourne Grove is finished, I shall be on it too. But in the meantime, we visited another garden on our way home…

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