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READER PHOTOS! Judy’s garden in Ontario, Day 1

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Burton

Today’s photos are from Judy Burton in Ontario. Judy says, “Here are some photos of my garden in Severn Township, Ontario (just outside of Orillia, which is 2 hours north of Toronto). I started the gardens on the property 14 years ago when I moved here. It was a blank slate with not a flower in sight, and with virtually no trees.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Burton

“I now have a couple of acres of gardens and make my living market gardening, primarily selling cut flowers and iris plants.  For two Sundays in June, I host an ‘Iris Festival’ where I open my gardens to the public so that they may enjoy my 2000+ irises in full bloom.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Burton

“The garden path in the pictures is a garden I started about four years ago, and it is in bloom from when the snow melts (mid-to-late March) to late October/early November. The inspiration for the bird houses along the path came from a Fine Gardening photo many years ago!” So beautiful, Judy! That field of irises is spectacular!

***Tomorrow we’ll be featuring Judy’s fantasic deck and containers–you do not want to miss it. Stay tuned!***

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Burton
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Judy Burton

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    meander_michaele 05/23/2012

    Judy, your birdhouse lined garden pathway is thoroughly delightful. You have a wonderful diversity of plant selections and everything seems so robust and healthy. I love how the birdhouses provide a unifying theme and inspire the eye to keep looking up and down and forward.
    And, yes, those rows of iris are beautiful. What a treat it must be to attend your festival... I'd be there at the crack of dawn (or however early you open the "gates) to enjoy taking it all in!

  2. tractor1 05/23/2012

    Judy, Judy, Judy... doesn't get more perfect! Every photo has perfect composition, wide angles show actual *gardening*, the entire completed jigsaw puzzle, not just individual pieces of the puzzle with everything cropped to the nth degree like trying to hide something... if I want to see individual plants in a generic setting I can go to any nursery. And Judy's explanation about her iris hobby/business makes perfect sense, her irises are gorgeous, the full spectrum of the rainbow, and the arrangement is perfect, everything well spaced, I can enjoy the individual plants. Judy's path is very inviting, what a grand entrance to her lovely home, and all those groovey birdhouses give it the perfect red carpet treatment. And what a perfect location, set within magnificent hayfields with spectacular vistas that go on to infinity. I can't make any suggestions, everything is perfect.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 05/23/2012

    Idyllic! So much interest packed into those borders, and a wonderful setting. Thanks for sharing.

  4. annek 05/23/2012

    Exquisitely beautiful! Such a welcoming sight to come home to. Sounds like you've taken a passion and made it into a business. Wonderful.

  5. Stoatley 05/23/2012

    I really, really want to be walking down that path.

  6. wwross 05/23/2012

    Judy! Not fair! Too much sun, space, and gardening/artistic skill.

  7. pattyspencer 05/24/2012

    I LOVE IT!!!! Especially the birdhouse pathway - what a neat idea! Wish I lived closer - I'd come for the iris festival

  8. drunkensnowgirl 05/27/2012

    now i need some birdhouses lol

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