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Gardens of the Beaver Valley
Pictures taken at the end of June, 2007

    The Beaver Valley, with spectacular natural scenery and a friendly climate, is situated in the southern part of the West Kootenay, just north of the Columbia River, between the cities of Trail and Salmo. Two communities are located in the Valley: Montrose with a population of around 1,100 people and Fruitvale with about two thousand. People in both communities enjoy rural living and celebrate nature and gardening. Once a year they open up their gardens for all to see and admire.

   Here are some pictures of the Beaver Valley gardens.













  Established, 28 years old, beautiful garden in the center of Fruitvale.

  The overall design of the garden is very delicate, there is a lot of shade, most of the flowers are in pastel colours.

  Japanese style panels made by the owner of the garden create intriguing "rooms" and are a great background for the variety of shrubs and perennials.

  Very exquisite!



  Wonderful plants of Clematis adorn the front of the house of Diana and Dallas Fletcher, also in Fruitvale, giving the feeling of coolness and shade.

  There is also a vegetable garden and more ornamental shrubs, perennials and annuals at the back  of the house.















  In this three years young garden in Beavervale the sunny slope facing the house has been transformed into a series of terraces filled with annuals, perennials and shrubs chosen for their fragrance.

  Shady areas on the North side of the house are home to several varieties of Hostas and other shade loving plants.

  There is also a organic vegetable garden with healthy Green Peas, Cabbages, Tomatoes, Corn and much more.

  The gardens blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment.





  Very sweet rustic garden on the outskirts of Fruitvale with a lot of flowers. The Delphiniums blooming there are the bluest of them all!











  Ten years old garden of Rick and Heather Johnston in Fruitvale.

  Thick carpet-like lawn enclosed by a border filled with shrubs and perennials, some very unusual, like Kalmia latifolia, a close relative of Azalea, on the upper-left photo, or Cherry Balm Barberry on the upper-right.

  The path on the lower-right photo leads to a delightful little beach on the bank of the Beaver Creek seen on the lower-left.

  A lot of open space and the most beautiful lawn I have ever seen, almost unreal.


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