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The fountain from another viewpoint. A statement tree. T


he majestic beauty of British Columbia’s coniferous forests can inspire anyone. Tall lodge-


pole pines, Engelmann spruce, alpine fir and western larch are stunning when placed against the backdrop of the Rockies. These forests and the Botani- cal Garden of Tofino’s network of walk- ing paths inspired John Bash and Eliza- beth Rutherford, so much so that they completely transformed their Ontario garden.


Fifteen years ago the renovations began


The garden, which was once filled


with the heady scent of roses and dainty climbing clematis morphed into a forest with over 100 trees. Today, it is an evergreen paradise with winding paths that will transport you from the centre of a mega-metropolis into a secluded wooded glen. Trees and evergreens, mostly pyra-


midal cedars, were planted throughout the property. The minimalist front yard consists of trees planted in a repetitive pattern while the backyard is filled with winding paths edged by manicured cedar, lilies and other stunning trees and shrubs. This is not your typical garden The garden is set up much like the


Japanese strolling gardens. Tradition- ally these gardens feature a path, that should be walked in a clockwise direc- tion, and often use a “hide and reveal” technique called miegakure. Miegakure uses the angles of the paths, buildings, fences and trees to shield the visitor from a scene until they approach it at Even the fencing is cleverly hidden by foliage to keep the forest-like feel.


localgardener.net Beautiful Gardens 2015 • 21 Visitors can choose which path to meander along.


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