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“For more than twenty years now on my property in the Village of Welcome, I’ve been listening as the garden speaks to me. It had been previously owned by a couple
who lived here, and gardened, for almost sixty years. The backbone retains plantings typical of the mid 1800’s coinciding with the age of my house. There are peonies,
pie plant (rhubarb), lemon lily, mock orange, a nameless shrub rose, japanese quince and fragrant currant. As well, there are plantings from the early 1900’s – cherry and
apple trees, grapevines, annual poppies (that seed themselves), a robust rosa rugosa and narcissus. My aim is to keep the garden as consistent as possible to its history.
The ambience of “my space” lends itself to creating – my watercolours show the influence of gardening in general and my garden in particular. As a teenager, the experience
of nurturing seedlings in what was known as my Grandmother’s garden, along with observing my father’s diametrically opposite (to me) gardening practices, have inspired
a series “From my Garden”. Work continues on other series as well – natural and built heritage harmonize in watercolour renditions of the local countryside.
My surroundngs also provide me with materials for paper-making, basket weaving
and all sorts of floral creations. The garden is a reflection of my personality and my need to conserve and provide a habitat for “critters”.”
Kathryn will discuss garden habitats when she visits us on June 27.
Loved this atricle. Especially the point about working with nature
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