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Experimentation with shade and acidic soil conditions led to a love of Japanese maple.


The beautiful and rare fringe tree.


hostas and conifers that you see here you will not likely find anywhere else. And while you can buy many of these rarities here, they are still hard to come by. People gather and wait for the trucks to unload when orders arrive hoping to get one of the hard to find specimens, like the fringe trees which smell like jasmine, or one of the varie- gated forms of the Devil’s walking stick. “The rare trees get our custom- ers excited and since the gardens are over 30 years old people can actually see many of them in situ,” says Dave. Under a canopy of red pines is the


Rhododendrons also love acidic soil..


oldest part of the garden. They began with a collection of hostas, ferns and conifers. The acidic soil pleases the Japanese and Korean maples, rhodo- dendrons, azaleas, and a range of other trees, shrubs and perennials. The garden provides visitors with a good sense of what to plant under pine trees, and how amazing hostas can look after 30 years. On the opposite side of the house,


Magnolias in full bloom. 20 • Spring 2016


another woodland garden awaits under mostly maple trees. Trails mean- der through the property transition- ing between garden, woodland and water features. The pond is designed in a yin/yang fashion, half planted in a linear structure and half left to the hands of Mother Nature – both are spectacular. A huge conifer collec- tion uses colour, form and texture to create a unique look and is stunning against the backdrop of the forest wall. If you stop to relax, you can listen to the sound of the fountain and feed the Koi. The pond provides a home for several members of the local wildlife. Tall grasses, some reaching 15 feet,


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