Garden Tour - July 13, 2021

7:00pm - Virtually hosted via Zoom 

Continuing with our summer garden tours, we are thrilled to be virtually welcomed into the gardens of both James and Mike. They have both created beautiful spaces. They will each walk us through presentations on their gardens and we will have an opportunity to chat and ask questions.  

Bio for James:

Born and raised in Waterloo Region James has been gardening since he was 3 years old. Now 37, living on the east end of Kitchener for the past 11 years with his wife, he has been a member of GardenKitchener for the last 2 years. This past year James has been working towards his Horticultural Certificate from the University of Guelph with thoughts of becoming a Master Gardener. His gardening style tends towards the wild and natural. The front garden is a mix of shade and sun loving perennials ranging from hostas to coneflowers and other drought tolerant plantings. The backyard is predominantly focused on vegetable and fruit growing with approximately 200 sq ft of raised beds and cold frames and a generous patch of raspberry canes. A small wildlife pond can be found beside the patio closer to the house surrounded by part shade to shade loving plants.

Bio for Bonnie and Mike:

In 1993, Bonnie and Mike moved to their new home and created Edenwilde as ‘urban woods’ in the heart of Kitchener’s Heritage District. They hoped to share the peace and tranquility of a naturalized landscape with neighbours and friends. Visitors tell them they have a “hidden gem” and “oasis”, screening out the noise and pollution of adjacent major traffic arteries. Neighbours’ children ask to go to the “jungle” and friends call their home “Fairy House”; giving them lots of affirmation for their efforts.

In 2007 the Canadian Wildlife Federation certified Edenwilde a “Backyard Habitat”. Bonnie and James continue to incorporate native species into the landscape, including the boulevard, though they can’t resist many favourites that are introduced from elsewhere. In recent years, as century old trees are removed, they are inspired to adapt and redesign the gardens.

Many comment on how much work this must be, yet they insist that trees and perennials require minimal maintenance and with lots of TLC they give back a hundred fold! Not to mention the joy of cohabiting with rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, koi’s, birds, and pollinators.

Mike, ManChoi, finds inspiration from Edenwilde and exhibits his fine art photography at UpTown Gallery in Waterloo.
www.ManChoi-Chow-Photographer.com


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