Win­ner Cat­e­gory 3

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Local Dirt -

Vera and Josef Pisa make a great team. Vera comes up with all of the won­der­ful ideas that you see in her gar­den and Josef is the guy who builds them! Take the Canada Flag flower box for ex­am­ple. This was a true labour of love that Josef painstak­ingly put to­gether. Vera and Josef started plan­ning their Canada 150 Gar­den two years ago and de­cided that they wanted to create a more sub­tle ap­proach to the tra­di­tional red and white that would usu­ally rep­re­sent our flag. There was no easy way to put this to­gether! He found a three foot by six foot flag that he used to create his re­pro­duc­tion and mea­sured each an­gle in­di­vid­u­ally to create the per­fect Maple Leaf in the cen­tre. The process took al­most a month while Vera waited pa­tiently to start the plant­ing. The flower box was eight inches deep with six inches of soil in it which cre­ated a few chal­lenges for the Pisa’s, as the gar­den had to be started in a green­house and as you can imag­ine, it was quite heavy! They used a va­ri­ety of hens and chicks to fill in the Canada flag flower box and the ef­fect was quite stun­ning! The dis­play doesn’t end there though. They also have added a li­cence plate from ev­ery prov­ince and ter­ri­tory. Un­for­tu­nately, they couldn’t lo­cate a li­cence plate for Nu­navut so they used a flag to rep­re­sent it in­stead. Un­derneath the wa­ter fea­ture the li­cence plates were placed in the Ju­niper beds which Vera no­ticed looked quite a bit like a map of Canada!

It took team­work to create the Cana­dian flag flower box.

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