From Dean Dowd on April 24, 2008 in Landscaping
With spring approaching, its time to begin planning your landscape design; have you considered turning your yard into a replica of the Butchart Gardens? Well, maybe not something on as grand of a scale as that, but something along those lines? For those of you who have been there, you know exactly what I am talking about. For those of you who have missed this delightful experience, I am referring to the Butchart Gardens located just outside of Victoria, BC. In 1904, Jennie Butchart began transforming an old lime-stone quarry into what was to become one of the most beautiful works of live art in the world. Since that time, the garden has grown to include ponds, a rose garden, a Japanese garden, a sunken garden, and beautiful hot houses. Despite being located in a cold climate, the gardens house plants bloom non-stop from March to October. What Jennie Butchart accomplished is a remarkable example, demonstrating that your yard can be as spectacular as you choose and you are only limited by the extent of your imagination. She started from a barren wasteland, and gradually over time, turned it into a paradise. The key is to work with plants and trees that will work well in your climate. Your landscaping contractor can work with you to fill your design with plants that will thrive with very little expertise or attention. Unless you have the budget to support a full-time gardener, you need your landscape set-up to be as low-maintenance as possible. Be sure to have everything on automatic timers, including the sprinkler systems, drip irrigation, and whatever water features you include. Once you have your dream yard in place, work out a maintenance routine with your landscape contractor. Either learn to do the work yourself, or contract it out; but you will need to learn how to properly prepare your yard for each season. A story the Butchart Gardens tell well: no dream is unachievable. Request free estimates from professional landscape contractors today to create your own paradise.