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READER PHOTOS! Ann’s garden in Ontario

Looking down the garden to the ravine. Unfortunately the middle tree became unsafe and had to come down. TWO WAYS TO ENLARGE! Click directly on the image to enlarge in a pop-up. Click HERE to view the image in a new browser window.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Ann Orr

Today’s photos are from Ann Orr in Markham, Ontario. Ann says, “When we moved in here in 1991 the back garden was just a lawn and a couple of trees. It sloped steeply with a difference of 6 feet from one side to the other.

After a storm, a beautiful pink glow
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Ann Orr

“We had the rockery installed and some levelling done and when the back addition was done the contractors used the back fill to create another level area and bank beside where the lower deck is now. Everything else, planting etc., I have done myself unless it involves building, in which case my husband does it. We make a useful team and have done for 47 years this September!” Happy almost-anniversary, Ann & John! Your garden is clearly a labor of love–stunning!

Our multi-level deck
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Ann Orr
Our little piece of paradise from upper deck to lower, designed and built by my talented husband, John
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Ann Orr
Our favourite summer place
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Ann Orr

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    meander_michaele 08/20/2012

    Ann, it certainly looks like you and John have been a very successful and collaborative team in creating a delightful back yard oasis. The deck is beautiful and I can well imagine how satisfying it is to sit there and look out on your labor of love. The design details in the railing of the upper deck railing are particularly handsome and impressive. I see lots of my favorite perennials so I would feel right at home.

  2. tractor1 08/20/2012

    My kind of garden, has that DIY relaxed look rather than obvious professionally done uptight pretentiousness. It's very refreshing to hear someone indicate what elements were professionally done rather than imply by their silence that they did all the major earth moving, boulder placement, and mature tree planting. I love the tiered decking, everything about it, and blackeye susans everywhere are one of my favorite 'deerpruf' flowers. I see two empty deck chairs waiting for me and a friend. Thank you Ann, for a peek at your scrumptious garden.

  3. wGardens 08/20/2012

    Lovely! And I especially like the second photo! Great! Best Wishes for a wonderful Anniversary Celebration! Teamwork. I LOVE it!

  4. sheila_schultz 08/20/2012

    Ann, you and your husband make a wonderful team. I'm guessing that you both will be sitting in your beautiful garden on a special Sep. day raising a glass to one another. Enjoy your beautiful creations!

  5. Vespasia 08/21/2012

    Thank you all for the lovely comments. We truly love our garden and it has seen many wonderful celebrations etc with friends and family. In the summer we eat all our meals under the gazebo whenever possible, it truly is our haven.

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