Win­ner Cat­e­gory 4

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Local Dirt -

Rachelle Sig­urd­son has lived on her prop­erty in Dauphin, Man­i­toba for much of her life and in fact, grew up in the house next door! Her grand­fa­ther owned the prop­erty and as a wed­ding gift, he gave his chil­dren pieces of the prop­erty to build their homes on.

Rachelle is a stay at home mom, with three sons who are now all adults and is en­joy­ing her first grand­child, a beau­ti­ful lit­tle girl! With a hus­band who works long hours as a den­tist, Rachelle took up gar­den­ing about 20 years ago to keep her­self busy. Need­ing to keep a watch­ful eye on a young fam­ily, she started around the pool area, and as the boys grew older she stretched out into the gar­den. Rachelle has fo­cused much of her at­ten­tion on the back­yard, as her dogs are con­stantly at her side and love to roam free while she works.

There were orig­i­nally three large elm trees in the back­yard, so hostas were an easy choice to grow in the shade. Be­cause of be­ing a short sea­son gar­dener, and hav­ing a large gar­den, Rachelle didn’t want to di­vide the hostas, as she loves large state­ment plants, so she al­lows them to spread out ev­ery year. To get an idea of the mag­ni­tude of her gar­den, Rachelle has also planted twenty thun­der­child crabap­ples that bor­der the back­yard. As her sons grew older, they also took up gar­den­ing and took over all of the hard scape. The path­ways, brick work, pond and tree house were all thanks to the hard work of her three boys, al­though Rachelle con­tin­ues to be in charge of the plants. The de­tail that you will see in the yard is in­cred­i­ble, from a man­nequin she refers to as “My Girl” to wrought iron and stained glass that is all lo­cally de­signed and cre­ated. There are also pots and planters that sur­round the pool and are also strate­gi­cally placed through­out other parts of the gar­den, filled with an­nu­als that are all per­fectly co­or­di­nated with the colour of her home.

A colour­ful wel­come from the Sig­urd­son's gar­den in Dauphin, Mb.

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