They’ll GROW on you

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - COllEEN ZACHARIAS

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

COLLEEN ZACHARIAS

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.

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