Rather than feature my favourite garden I thought I’d pay tribute to my favourite gardeners.
Not only do the Vancouver City gardeners wonderfully manage all the larger public gardens in the city, they are also adept at planting little ‘pop-up’ gardens that never cease to give me so much joy on my walks around the city.
This spring I was walking down towards the water when I rounded a curving pathway and there before me was a grassy knoll totally carpeted in white, purple, and yellow crocuses.On the other side of the knoll stood a friend of mine who, like me, was standing there in total delight at the sight.
“It’s the Vancouver City gardeners, they’re amazing!” He lived on a small boat in the marina there, and in the fall he had seen one of them “lifting up small divots of earth and almost surreptitiously depositing the bulbs,” the result of which we saw before us.
Further along the sea wall is another of my favourite mini-gardens – this one tending to more subtle tones of pinks, purples, blues.
Downtown it is the same story, where a couple of weeks ago a vibrant tropical garden drew gasps (and cameras) from a friend and I.
English Bay with its Chinese fan palms provide the tropical inspiration for this little garden. Then there are the big gardens in the public parks, such as Queen Elizabeth Park and Stanley Park, also with extensive planted areas to wander around in.
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