A showpiece of beauty, design, and ingenuity, Jennifer Buckland’s UBC garden makes for an envy-inspiring visit. The scent of a large, white-flowering magnolia welcomes you to the front garden, where purple clematis intertwines with a red-flowered vine (Tropaeolum speciosum?) and a lovely Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ creates dappled shade for the heathers beneath. The cobblestone drive leads down into the exquisite back garden. Of the many beautiful trees in this garden, Jennifer pointed out the last remaining, large cedar, and told us how this garden was largely created after the house burned down in 1996. Newer trees include Acer negundo ‘Flamingo,’ Pyrus salicifolia, Styrax japonicus, and a Catalpa ‘Aurea’ cleverly limbed up to show to best advantage against the red maple behind. Jennifer’s husband (sorry, I forgot to ask his name) and his handiwork were evident in many areas of the garden, especially in the stonework throughout and around the lovely pond, which was bounded by a crabapple, Dahlia ‘Laura Huston,’ nigella, and the frothy blossoms of Alchemilla mollis. Via lush and skillful plantings of shade-loving perennials, this garden made brilliant use of that dark, under-the-deck space. Clematis ‘Blue Angel’ blooms over the back arbour, guarding entry to this area. Considering how meticulous it is, that this fabulous garden is shared with three large dogs and one cat and makes it all the more amazing.
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