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Revisiting a British Columbia Garden

A trip back to a beautiful garden

view of lake and mountains behind a garden lined by trees

Today we’re visiting with Suzanne Pearce in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.

My husband, Bruce, and I submitted photos to GPOD in 2021 (Spring in British Columbia). At the time I did not include photos of our lower garden, so here are a few. Bruce passed away on May 30 last year, and I find that the garden certainly eases the ensuing grief.

view of lake and mountains behind a garden lined by treesIn addition to beautiful plants, the garden boasts this absolutely stunning view.

four image collage of different views on a garden walkwayIn these four different views of the lower garden walkway, the bright blue footbridge serves as a highlight.

four image collage of various flowers along a garden walkwayPink garden phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8) shows off in the garden with tall, fragrant, butterfly-attracting flowers.

close up of bright blue irisesBearded irises come in a bewildering array of colors, but it’s hard to beat the beauty of this clear blue one (Iris hybrid, Zones 3–8).

close up of red oriental poppy flowersThese oriental poppies (Papaver orientale, Zones 3–8) have huge, brilliantly colored flowers.

four image collage of bright pink and yellow flowersMore views from the lower garden include garden phlox showing off alongside hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9) and various perennials.


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  1. MohawkValley 05/04/2023

    Absolutely beautiful ! One can get lost in comfort and enjoyment and contentment . And the other half of your team is smiling , as always .... Peace from the Mohawk Valley in central NYS .

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    simplesue 05/04/2023

    Magnificent views and a magnificent garden. I can see how this garden you two created together is fill with peace and heart goes out to you- positive thoughts.
    I love the four different views photos.

  3. btucker9675 05/04/2023

    Your garden is Heaven on earth and it's clear to see how healing just being in the midst of all of that beauty would be. Peace and blessings to you!

  4. sheila_schultz 05/04/2023

    I find it quite extraordinary all that nature can do to soothe our heart and soul. The beauty you and Bruce created together combined with the natural magnificence of your area is a gift that will keep on giving. Your amazing gardens made me smile. Thank you for giving me a wonderful start to my day.

  5. jos29803 05/04/2023

    My sympathy and condolences for your loss and may the memories you and Bruce shared building this spectacular garden bring you continued joy and peace of mind and heart.

  6. jeremywalsh 05/05/2023

    I am very sorry for your loss. I am happy that you find some solace in your garden. It is a healing space for sure. Sending love from a fellow Canadian.

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    treasuresmom 05/09/2023

    Suzanne, I don't know if you will see this comment but your garden is absolutely stunning. I am so sorry to hear about Bruce but am happy for you that you have this to bring you some measure of comfort.

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