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Kiah’s garden in British Columbia, revisited

Front, early spring. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant

We visited Kiah Grant’s garden for the first time back in September (refresh your memory HERE). Today she’s back with more, including some BEFORE shots!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant

She says, “The garden has always been challenging as is it a side yard and was quite overgrown with ivy, a huge leaning fir tree, and a fence that needed to be replaced. It was also very open to the neighbors’ eating area. The side bed gets quite a bit of shade as the neighbour’s house is quite close and tall. The length of the lot is 140 feet, making it very long for a continuous border.

Side. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant

“We took down the fir tree for safety reasons, then after much deliberation we decided to remove the fence connecting the front lawn with the back and pulled the pathway away from the home to make room for another bed. We also tucked a little glass house into the far corner in the back. We have not finished connecting the stone pathway to the back yet. We want to incorporate a pond and have not worked out the design yet but the changes are already quite dramatic.”

What a great space, Kiah! I can’t wait to see how it evolves even further. Keep us posted!


Rhododendron & Lilac. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant

***I’m getting so many great submissions, but I can always use more! Dig out your cameras, take a big long walk around your garden, and SEND ME PHOTOS! I love having more than I could possibly process to choose from. Thanks!!***

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant

***One more thing…..have you always wondered what your fellow GPODers are like in person? Never thought you’d get a chance to meet them? Check this out…. While the GPOD isn’t officially a taunton forum, it’s close enough, and I wanted to extend the invite. Anybody at all interested? I’d be willing to search for some gardens to tour…

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant
Side. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant
***SIDE VIEW BEFORE*** Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant
***BEFORE THE FENCE AND NEW TREES*** Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant
***BACK YARD BEFORE*** Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kiah Grant

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  1. user-1020932 06/17/2013

    another great garden space from British Colombia, must be the gardeners heaven. you've done a great job and it all looks great! lush, full and healthy

  2. tractor1 06/17/2013

    I see many improvements since the previous submission, I particularly like the side yard.

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    meander_michaele 06/17/2013

    Kiah, what a wonderful transformation you've achieved throughout your piece of property...the before and after shots definitely tell the story!. Now the journey from your front area to the back is filled with sensory delight. I was so busy busy enjoying the lushly filled beds and beautiful swath of grass that I almost missed seeing the peek at your glass structure. I'm sure you make good use of it with early seed starting and taking your gardening to another level...lucky you!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 06/17/2013

    Great transformation and great use of space!

  6. annek 06/17/2013

    Nice photographic record of your garden evolution. So lush and varied. Your side yard competes as the highlight of your garden! Lots of work, but well worth it!

  7. ancientgardener 06/17/2013

    Those improvements represent a lot of work - Lovely!

  8. pattyspencer 06/17/2013

    Always nice to see before and after shots. Really really like the pic showing the grass going back to the glass house!

  9. KiahG 06/19/2013

    Thanks for the kind words and encouragement everyone, I am really pleased with the privacy I get in this new side yard/garden and now I can work on the opposite side and path closest to the house and then I'll be all done...right? :)

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