Garden Photo of the Day

France & Andre’s garden in Quebec

Photo/Illustration: All photos courtesy of Carole Levoie

Today’s photos are from Carole Lavoie. She says, “Here is just a close-up glimpse of a pocket garden created just 14 years ago by France (74 years old) and André Dion (91 years old) on their rented plot of land in Magog, Québec in Canada.

“Personally, I do volunteer work for the Dions, helping them take care of their garden so they can continue benefitting from what they have created. It is a small paradise devoted to birds who have willingly adopted the site, where they find food, shelter, and relative safety. Obviously, humans fare pretty well there also, judging from the youthfulness of its occupants!

Here is their web site. André is a writer and is credited for having orchestrated the return of the Eastern Bluebird in southern Québec with the help of volunteers who endorsed his endeavour. His tireless lifelong actions to protect his winged friends are a lesson for all of us who wonder what we can do to preserve and protect nature of which we all too often forget that we are an integral part of.”

Beautiful, Carole! It seems the garden makes frogs happy, too. I would love to see more!

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  1. flowerladydi 04/29/2014

    So very charming, peaceful and well done! A beautiful tranquil space for all,, and so nice that you help them maintain it all Carole - it is lovely.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 04/29/2014

    Charming is a great word, and it looks so secluded. Love the photo of the frogs.

  3. Quiltingmamma 04/29/2014

    Birding, gardening and writing at 90+ something to aspire to. This is a lovely garden for rest and reflection and I can see why the birds are so at home here. I would be too. Thanks for sharing it.

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    meander_michaele 04/29/2014

    Carole, how nice of you to share pictures of this lovely garden/bird sanctuary and also include the link to the website Frances and Andre maintain. It was nice to read about their advocacy on behalf of birds. They have certainly lived successful and accomplished lives and continue to make their contributions to the cause they so deeply care about. Thanks to google for the page translation service.

  5. NC_Yarden 04/29/2014

    Wonderful. And absolutely grand that you help this couple maintain such a personal and important endeavor. I hope there is someone like you around when my age begins to limit my abilities in the garden. Thank you.

  6. CTpat 04/29/2014

    Lovely garden. It's always nice to see serious efforts to encourage birds and other critters (except squirrels--we have squirrels like other people have deer). Maybe this year we'll get lucky and have an Eastern bluebird or two.

    Am I the only person who is getting the photos sideways? They are turned correctly when enlarged, but it's a bit odd. Took me a minute to realize the first one was sideways and not a sheer hillside. Today is the first time this has happened.

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    meander_michaele 04/29/2014

    Yes, C TPat, the sideways picture thing happened on my end also and gave me an initial sense of discombobulation. Ha, in view of the fact that I am a bit sleep deprived because of two tornado warnings at midnight and 1 am, that had our family scuttling to the basement, I wasn't sure if my eyes were going haywire on me!

  8. Gardenpatch 04/29/2014

    What a paradise for birds, frogs, and people! I'm guessing it would be peaceful to spend long hours in this place. I'm glad that people such as Andre and France have taken it upon themselves to educate folks on providing habitat for these creatures in our gardens. And it's so great that you help to maintain the garden, Carole.

  9. schatzi 04/29/2014

    Second to all the kudos on this lovely garden. I also get the pictures rotated 90 degrees, but when I click to enlarge, it rights them. Try it. Beats a stiff neck.

  10. tractor1 04/29/2014

    Kudos, Carole... for doing the good scouting deed! That's a marvelous nature preserve, I'd love to see more. Thats a fantastic shot of those frogs, or are they toads.

  11. GrannyCC 04/29/2014

    What a beautiful and peaceful garden. Thank you for bringing back the bluebirds. There is a project in Duncan British Columbia to do the same. It seems to be working.

  12. NevadaSue 04/29/2014

    Carole bless you for helping these people keep their garden up so they and the birds can continue to enjoy it. If I were a bird I would certainly want to spend some time here. I can almost hear the water running through the rocks to the pond. I bet it is very nurturing to sit there and enjoy the sound of the water and the birds. It is beautiful as well. Easy to see they have a love for birds. Also enjoyed looking at the web site even though I don't speak french. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Jay_Sifford 04/30/2014

    Beautiful garden. I applaud you, Carole, for helping to care for the garden when the owners are unable to do much or all of the work themselves. This has sparked an idea in me. Perhaps I could start something locally to pinpoint gardens in need like this and recruit volunteers to help. It's something to seriously consider. Thank you for the idea and for sharing this garden!

  14. delancey 05/03/2014

    Lovely gardens!
    What a good idea, Jay; there may apartment-dwellers who want to garden and can help out seniors.

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