27 June 2012

Once Again, Open Garden

It's that time of year again. Despite everything that has been going on in recent months, I am doing my Open Garden again this coming weekend. It's for a highly worthwhile cause, and last year was such a success, we thought we'd do it again. 
This year preparing for the event being a particular challenge, not only because of the loss of my beloved spouse, but because we've had challenging weather. It's been very dry the past several weeks, and very warm; on Saturday, the rains began to come, and continued Sunday and all day Tuesday. Things are now well-watered, but it's a bit squishy around the garden in places.

 There are lots of new plants, including rhododendrons and azaleas, and of course, as I mentioned in my last post, my love for roses has been rekindled.

Admission to the Open Garden is by donation, with proceeds going to the Steele scholarship fund at Nova Scotia Agricultural College. There will also be refreshments, books, and plants for sale at the event this year, and even a few 'door prizes'--or should that be garden gate prizes?
Friends and associates and business colleagues have been very generous as I've been preparing for this year's event. I've been given plants for the sale, plants to add to the garden, donations of refreshments, time spent weeding and planting and edging and mulching...All of this help has been so deeply appreciated, and I want to express my gratitude to the following:
Melanie Haverstock
Pat Monette
Ryan Saunders
Marian Fulton

As you will have noticed in the poster, Al Simm of Avon River Metalworks will be in attendance both days, giving demonstrations of his prowess in creating beautiful works of art featuring botanical motifs. 
One of these sculptures is finding a permanent home in my garden, in memory of my beloved Lowell. We will be having a small dedication service on Saturday at 3 pm. 

We hope that many of you will come out and support the scholarship fund, and take away a little bit of gardening inspiration for your own. If you can't come but still want to make a donation, please email me through the address posted on my profile, or through one of my two Facebook pages. Here's hoping for good weather and a great turnout! 


  1. May full blessings be unto you! My positive energies are going there, even without the donations. Take care.

  2. Hello Jodi,

    All the best for a WILDLY successful event.

    "Squishy" is right -- we're downright SODDEN here in Eastern Passage.


  3. Love, love, love the video! I hope you have a great turn out!

  4. What a wonderful event. I have debated selling native plants during events in the area, but raising the money for a cause would be even better...wishing you lovely weather and lots of visitors

  5. Best wishes for a great event! I'm glad to hear you've had plenty of rain, and I hope the sun shines brightly on your day!

  6. Hello Jodi; beautiful video, the music makes me want to cry, it's so lovely. I hope to make it down for your Open Garden again. Looks like you're in for good but hot weather. We had quite the thunderstorm last evening; likely another inch of rain. Have a great weekend, dear J!
    Chris Whidden

  7. Hi! I am checking to see what happened to the event. I was hoping for more photos and update. I am really excited about it.

  8. Jodi, I somehow lost track of your blog this winter and spring and missed the announcement of your beloved Lowell's sudden death. I hope that this open garden event, which put you in the garden surrounded by friends and fans, was a healing experience. My thoughts are with you. -Jean

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