Gardens, gifts and more, oh my! Photos and story by CALEB NICKERSON
Renée Savoie opened up her property on chemin Crégheur to the public over the weekend and said she fell in love with the area because of the view of the mountain. Pictured, she sits under an apple tree in the backyard.
Katherine and Eric Fletcher opened up their farm “Spiritwood” to the public for the Garden’s and Gifts tour from Aug. 4-5. In addition to the host of vegetable and flower gardens on the property, their studio featured Katherine’s artwork and Eric’s photography.
Pavel Kohl and Maude-Emmanuelle Lambert, owners of the Domaine du Pontiac Village Winery and Automobile Museum in Quyon invited guests to peruse paintings of streetcars by local artist Phuong Pham.
Trish Murphy and Michael Peterson were part of the drive to bring back the Garden and Gifts tour after a brief hiatus. Their farm, Beaux Arbres specializes in native plants and Peterson also had his hand-woven baskets on display.
Mo Laidlaw’s The Blue House, in Breckenridge was the southernmost stop on the fourth Gardens and Gifts tour, held over the weekend.
Norbert and Leila Senf of Greermount showed off their forest garden over the weekend.
Despite the heat of the day, Norbert had the wood pizza oven fired up, cooking off a pie in just over a minute.
Lila Galipeau, Ariad McNab and Bermalva Porter had plenty for sale at Santainaii, an Earth-based healing centre in Greermount. The centre focuses on sustainable agriculture and healthy living through interaction with nature.
The spiral herb planter is simple, yet elegant.
Over the weekend, nine property owners throughout the Pontiac opened their homes to a multitude of guests for the fourth Gardens and Gifts tour. The self-guided trek featured nine gardens from Breckenridge to Greermount, with a focus on organic and sustainable techniques, native plants and wildlife friendly-designs. In addition, local artists and creators were invited to show their wares alongside the farm produce.
Founder Katherine Fletcher said that the tour was started to promote agritourism in the region and showcase the diversity of plants and cultivation techniques. Though there was no admission fee, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) had promotional material on display and was accepting donations.
Mo Laidlaw had the southernmost garden on the tour, just outside of Aylmer in Breckenridge. In addtition to the knitted socks and crafts for sale in her garage, she had a walking path through her property, where she has been living for nine years. She pointed to the wide variety of native trees, like the Kentucky Coffeetree.
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