Win­ner Cat­e­gory 4

Rachelle Sig­urd­son of Dauphin, Mb. for the best large home gar­den in a city.

Ontario 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.

All of the gar­dens have been de­signed by Rachelle and her sons and ex­tra blooms were planted for Canada 150. In fact, Rachelle’s gar­den is so beau­ti­fully chore­ographed that she of­ten gets asked for ad­vice from other gar­den­ers in the area!

Rachelle’s artis­tic abil­i­ties are not just fo­cused on her sum­mer­time love of her gar­den. In the win­ter, she is an avid scrap­booker, work­ing on mul­ti­ple de­sign teams and blog­ging as well! She gets all of her blog posts for the year ready in the win­ter though, so that she can fo­cus on the huge amount of work that awaits her each spring! “It is get­ting eas­ier and eas­ier though,” Rachelle says. “As the peren­ni­als get more and more es­tab­lished ev­ery year there is less work to fill it in.”

As all gar­den­ers ex­pe­ri­ence, there are dif­fer­ent gar­den­ing chal­lenges ev­ery year. Wind, rain, cool weather, they’ve seen it all, but they tackle the chal­lenges with true Cana­dian pride. “Now”, Rachelle says,” bring on the sun­shine and bloom ba­bies bloom!”

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

A path­way brim­ming with colour, ev­ery­where you turn.

Pur­ple sky petu­nias bor­der this dra­matic gar­den.

Beau­ti­ful gold and brown rud­beckia.

The pond fea­tures some cu­ri­ous in­hab­i­tants.

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