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The gardener

I garden so that I can live in there.
Inevitably, it has become an endless journey in exploring the fascinating world of ornamental plant culture, or a never ending experiment in collaboration with mother nature. After many years of gardening, I continuously find myself struggling to know and understand plants, to accommodate mother nature, and to learn from other gardeners.
Although we tend to ‘collect’ plants, we are more indulging ourselves in acquiring plants with ornamental characteristics (attractive to us) than simply acquiring plants because they are rare or new.

The garden

This is a simple country garden. I do not seek ’emotional’ wowing displays in my compositions, and have no desire or spare energy to imitate trendy gardening ‘movements’. Therefore, my ‘compositions’ are nothing more than just doodles, and are inevitably unassuming and personal.
As a typical Zone 5 garden, I am fortunate enough to be able to grow oriental maples, some ornamental conifers, and even some flowering trees, but not nearly as fortunate as a Zone 6-8 garden, on the range of ornamental plants that can be reliably grown. In fact, because of the borderline nature of Zone 5 for a wide spectrum of highly ornamental plants, and the incredible temptation to grow them, I suspect gardening in Zone 5 is probably more challenging (or frustrating) than other Zones.

Garden Blog

My (occasional) rant about our garden (my obsession)….

Fibre Blog

My wife’s rant about her obsession…..


  1. Mike
    August 17, 2014 | 8:16 am

    I really enjoyed touring your garden on my computer. You have done a very nice job. So much so, I thought you were in a warmer Zone. Your love of ornamental gardening shows everywhere I looked.

    Mike….near Seattle

    • garcan
      August 17, 2014 | 10:19 am

      Hi Mike,
      Thanks for the encouraging comment and feedback. I do wish that our zone is a little warmer so that we don’t have to anticipate winter losses every year. Based on the user name of your email, if I am not mistaken, you are probably the user in the GardenWeb Conifer Forum who has a beautifully designed garden that really inspired me.

  2. Sandria
    June 11, 2014 | 10:03 pm

    I love the pics of your Garden. Do you open your garden to the public?

    • garcan
      June 11, 2014 | 10:20 pm

      Hi Sandria,
      Thanks. Sorry we do not normally open our garden to the public except when requested by local garden societies/clubs to participate in their garden tour.

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