Winner Category 3
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.