The gar­den to­day

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - News -

Laugh­ing chil­dren run along the stone path­ways again. Lovers take their wed­ding vows un­der the canopy of hun­dred-year-old trees. Rock hounds come to ad­mire the col­lec­tion of pet­ri­fied wood and other un­usual rock types. Avid gar­den­ers bend down to ex­am­ine the ever-chang­ing dis­play of alpine and other herba­ceous peren­ni­als. Pho­tog­ra­phers and painters find am­ple op­por­tu­nity for their art. And hun­gry pa­trons wind their way up the stone steps to­wards the crit­i­cally ac­claimed res­tau­rant that oc­cu­pies the replica of Reader’s house in the cen­tre of the prop­erty.

May and June are the months to ex­pe­ri­ence the gar­den’s spring bulbs and alpine plants at their best. Reader was quick to rec­og­nize the po­ten­tial of alpines to ex­cel in the dry con­di­tions of his sandy hill­side home, so he tested species from as near as the Rocky Moun­tains and as far away as the moun­tains of Asia and eastern Europe. There are sax­ifrages, prim­roses and gen­tians of many species, and even more plants with strange names like Aethionema, Edri­anthus, Aspe­rula, Min­uar­tia and Cas­siope.

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