They’ll GROW on you
HOW long does it take for a lush green lawn to recover after it is walked on by hundreds of curious visitors eagerly exploring every aspect of a pristine, well-kept garden during a single day? That question won’t be uppermost in the minds of a select number of homeowners throughout Manitoba when they open their gates next weekend for the start of garden tour season. Nor will concerns about the well-being of grass blades eclipse the countless questions asked by visitors who flock to gardens this summer looking for design inspiration and solutions to challenges in their backyards. If you’ve ever peered surreptitiously over the edge of a fence or through an opening in trees or bushes to snatch a glimpse of someone’s garden or asked a complete stranger if you could come in and poke around, you are not alone. That is the modus operandi of many garden tour organizers. How else, beside learning about must-see gardens through word of mouth, would they be able to assemble enough interesting gardens for annual tours? When we purchase a garden tour passport and scan the brief, flowery descriptions, we sometimes recognize a garden we’ve visited on tours from previous years. Should we skip
This Winnipeg garden, one of the featured gardens on this year’s Manitoba Master Gardener Association’s garden tour, is a study in textures including a wide variety of upright ornamental grasses, leafy perennials, and a carpet of lush groundcover plants.