This tour is one that should not be missed for two very good reasons. First the garden with its cottage style design is full of interesting features and second the pictures are by a professional photographer. It is also a lesson in how to prepare a garden for harsh winter temperatures. The article which is quoted below is by Margot Hartford and comes from the Houzz website.
Hardiness zones that are based on minimum winter temperatures can help determine which plants are capable of growing in a particular geographic region. Thunder Bay, Ontario, is in Zone 3, the same hardiness zone as southern Alaska and Siberia. Winters can be cold and long, which means a short growing season and frost as early as October. Fortunately, homeowners Lana Lang and Alan Young are very familiar with preparing their garden to handle the harsh climate, as they have planned, pruned and tended to it for the past 37 years. ?You need to respect where you are working,? Lang, a retired schoolteacher says. ?Our garden is a mix of shrubs and perennials. In the end, the winter takes the garden out.?Garden at a Glance
Who lives here: Lana Lang and Alan Young
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Size: 75 by 108 feet (22.8 by 32.9 meters)
Year house built: 1944
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