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Rural retreat Photos and story by Tania Moffat Pretty planters abound.


The farmland is speckled with farm buildings and horses frolicking in fields as you continue past Ste. Anne, Manitoba. Here the prairie is broken up by aspen and oak forests. The white barked trunks of the trembling aspens provide a stark contrast to the surrounding green brush that lines either side of the road. Murray and Donna Hjermenrude both have


“A This beautiful front garden effectively hides septic equipment.


childhood ties to farming, though they’ve only just realized how it has affected their pattern in selecting homes with large yards over the years. There is no denying why this location caught their eye. “We pulled into the driveway and this was it. Every other place we looked at had something not quite right; this one was perfect” says Donna. Her husband agrees, “the house was still being built, but there was something about the acreage that attracted us.” Although this is only the second summer that


they’ve spent in their home, the lawn is lush and the gardens are surprisingly well established. The home is surrounded by green space and bordered by forest. Donna has carefully arranged small gardens and has grouped items in vignettes around the yard. “I like stuff and by organizing it in groupings,


it doesn’t look chaotic. It also


Creative use of an old tub. 24 • Beautiful Gardens 2015


creates points of interest around the yard,” she explains. But, these aren’t just chotskies picked up at flea markets; each piece has a story to go along with them.


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drive through the peaceful prairie countryside east of Winnipeg will take you past rolling hills of golden wheat.


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