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The garden at the end of the road


Story by Tania Moffat, photos by Veronica Silva, Ben Goedhart and Klaus Roder.


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t the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario lies a small community called Tobermory. A popular vacation destination


on the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, it draws tourists to its unspoilt beaches and rugged natural beauty. This idyllic place, still largely untouched by development, offers its residents a relaxed pace of life. Tobermory's quiet beauty and perhaps the hands


of fate itself have drawn two local residents to its rocky shores for more than fifty years. Friends and neighbours, Ben Goedhart and Klaus Roder have been coming to Tobermory off and on since they both immigrated to Canada over 50 years ago. Gardening here is not an easy feat − the ground


consists of rocks and gravel − yet these neighbours share a beautiful and enviable garden. Here the flowers grow and flourish with the same relaxed nature as the men who tend them. When the landscape is made from rock, “every grain of soil has to be trucked in at great expense,”


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