My Home Town Garden Walk

Today I decided to get out for a nice long walk. I had in my mind to search out beautiful gardens along my way. I must admit that much of the beauty of my hometown of Ladner is in its natural beauty and not just our gardens. Ladner is part of a delta at the mouth of the Fraser river in British Columbia. This morning I wasn’t sure which way I would walk but I love looking at our historic homes so my first thought was to venture towards Georgia street from the center of town.

My Home Town Garden walk

This is Clair’s Bed and Breakfast, one of several bed and breakfasts we have here in Ladner. I love the red Geraniums she has in containers as you go up the stairs. Clair has a wonderful garden in the back with several seating areas for her customers to enjoy.

My Home Town Garden Walk

As I walked around the corner to travel along Georgia street I came across this beautiful Rose of Sharon or Hibiscus. I moved mine this year so it’s not blooming. I look forward to having blooms like this one.

My Home Town Garden walk

At the end of Georgia street is a small park with a few picnic tables. If you walk up to the water’s edge this is the view. You have to love the still water of the Fraser river in the early morning.

My Home Town Garden Walk

I left the park and continued along Chisholm street past some derelict old buildings in need of repair. I was delighted to see how well the containers were doing at  Apex Glass. Don’t you love the galvanized tubs for flowers? I sure do.

My Home Town Garden Walk

I tuned the corner at the end of Chisholm street to go to River road. This road is actually the dyke which separates the town from the river and its tributaries. Look at what I saw. This is the corner of River Road and Elliot street where West Coast Seeds has its retail store. West Coast Seeds decided to make this corner into a garden for everyone to enjoy. I know it was a lot of hoops going through BC Hydro, the city and Telus but they persevered. This is the site of their retail store just two blocks from my home.

My Home Town Garden Walk

I crossed the street to access the sidewalk along the water. This photo was taken looking north near government dock.

My Home Town garden walk

I walked up River road for what seemed an eternity as it was starting to get warm out. Was I ever glad to reach the home of Edward Van Veenendaal. His garden is at the corner of Ferry road and River road. Years ago Edward started planting his boulevards with native and drought resistant plants. Today it looks like some of the plantings are being changed as new ones have appeared on the left.

My Home Town Garden Walk

At this point in my walk I longed for the shade and I found it. The other half of Edward’s boulevard is still heavily planted and its coolness was refreshing.

My Home Town Garden walkAs I walked the rest of the way home all I saw was this. Bare brown boulevards of lawn or what we like to call lawn. I look at the Edward’s boulevard and then the one with lawn. Which would you prefer? I have to wonder why more of us are not planting like Edward and West Coast Seeds.

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