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GPOD on the Road: Vancouver Hardy-Plant Study Weekend

Beauty seen on a garden tour

close up of light pink Martagon lilies

Back in June, friend of the GPOD Cherry Ong attended the Vancouver Hardy Plant Study Weekend and was kind enough to share photos of some of the gardens she toured. Today she’s taking us along to visit Thomas Hobbs and Brent Beattie’s garden.

close up of a Paris flowerParis (Zones 5–9) has beautiful and unusual flowers. This relative of trilliums has mostly green flowers that reward closer inspection.

close up of foliage plants in various shades of greenIn this contrast in textures and shades of green, Paris is again in the foreground with other shade-loving plants, while the sheered shrubs in the background give a contrasting formality to the garden.

small garden bed with foliage plants and bright pink flowersHere is a beautiful contrasting mix of foliage colors, with the only floral contribution being the pink blooms of the spirea (Spiraea japonica, Zones 3–8).

tree limb and trunk chairOne part garden seat, one part garden art—beautiful and unusual

metal jacks garden artI love this sculpture in the garden.

close up of light pink Martagon liliesMartagon lilies (Lilium hybrid, Zones 3–8) thrive in partially shaded conditions. The leaves are beautiful and topped by these incredible spires of elegant flowers.

large terracotta urn in the gardenThis urn tucked into the foliage of the garden is absolutely lovely. What an incredible piece.

more foliage plants with pink flowersAn edge of Sedum ‘Angelina’ (Zones 5–9) provides bright yellow-green color, in contrast to the darker green of the rest of the foliage.

close up of Asian mayapplePodophyllum (Asian mayapple, Zones 5–9) with incredibly patterned foliage

close up of Solomons sealI love the texture of this mass of Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum sp., Zones 5–9).


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    treasuresmom 02/23/2024

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. perenniallycrazy 02/24/2024

      You're welcome. I love visiting his garden every year and I hope I can continue to do so.

  2. user-7821942 02/23/2024

    What a great antidote to a dreary, rainy afternoon here in NC. Lovely photos showcasing the marvelous use of foliar contrast and beautiful artwork in the garden.

    1. perenniallycrazy 02/24/2024

      I'm glad you enjoyed them. These were among the many beautiful gardens offered for tour by the Vancouver Hardy Plant Society at their Plant Study Weekend last June 2023.

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    simplesue 02/23/2024

    Oh I need some of those gorgeous interesting Asian mayapples! As always an interesting & informative tour, thanks Cherry!

    1. perenniallycrazy 02/24/2024

      Thanks.Not sure if I mentioned this but Tom revamped this garden in front of his residence a year prior to these photos. It was previously planted with hebes and many perished as a result of the arctic outflow.

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