Around The Garden World – Day 54 (Montmorency Falls, Quebec City)

 Time for Fall!

How about Montmorency Falls in Quebec City? This 275 foot waterfall is taller than Niagra Falls. The falls are at the mouth of the Montmorency River where it drops over the cliff shore into the Saint Lawrence River, opposite the western end of the Île d’Orleans. The falls were given this name in 1613 by Samuel de Champlain. He named them in honour of Henri II, duc de Montmorency, who served as viceroy of New Francefrom 1620 until 1625.

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 Jardin Jeanne-d’Arc is a sunken garden within the larger National Battlefields Park. In the center of the garden is a statue of Joan of Arc that was donated by sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington to “the most beautiful city in the world”. The garden was designed in 1938 by landscape architect Louis Perron.

 A great combination of Blackie Sweet Potato vine and blue scaevola.

 The play of color and texture was fabulous throughout the garden like these black rubber plants contrasted with red gerber daisies and the fine texture of Fireworks grass pennisetum seen in close up below.

 Cool idea to put these trellised mandevillas behind the rubber plants (ficus elastic).

 Another great display of color and texture using Princess grass, banana trees, and an assortment of other plants that I wasn’t too sure about.

Love Anemones!

 I won’t grow blood grass here in Tennessee because it is so invasive but adore the impact it gives in the landscape.

 Sweet dahlia – these look like “Bishop’s Children” Dalhias.

 Black Pearl pepper are perfect in from on these orange blooming cannas.

Photo bomb by my friend Cindy Shapton!

 A paint brush stroke of echinaceas.

Around the Garden World – Day 2

When I first was planning last month’s trip to Quebec with the Garden Writer’s Symposium, I kept wondering who this Jardin fella was that so many places were named after. Obviously, I never took French in school and “Jardin” is French for garden, which is what Garden Writers would be wanting to see.

What I didn’t realize is that Quebec City is as much a garden city as it is a historical one.

 Hanging baskets and windowboxes abound throughout the city.

 No skippy little containers or garden beds in this city!

The gardens here will capture your heart.

 In front of the Parliament Building is an vegetable garden growing in raised beds and “Smart Pots“.

Nasturtiums are pretty and edible

Cindy Shapton showing the artistic beauty that can be created using the smart pots. 

Love this combination 

I think I’d have a hard time staying inside if I worked in this Parliament building!

Around the Garden World – Day 1

I am a project person. Give me a goal, a time line, and I’ll come up with a plan of action to bring the task to completion. So as I began the daunting task of sorting through the thousands of photographs that I’ve take over the last year and a half in my multiple travels, I knew I had a project brewing that would fall in line with my original goal of starting this blog – the goal being to help cultivate a love of gardening by informing, encouraging, and simplifying the plant world. Along the way I’ve also tied in a bit of life because I am always growing – either horticulturally or metaphorically.
THEREFORE, it is with much anticipation and a little trepidation that I begin my next blog project – 365 Days of garden treasures from around the country. Some days there will be stories and pictures about these gardens or the people behind the gardens, some days there may be just the who, what, and where with a few photographs.  Check in daily and take a glimpse of some great gardens!

Day 1 – If you live in Quebec, year-round gardening is an indoor activity. And my friend and Garden Writer’s Association President Larry Hodgson built a living tropical wall into his home in Quebec City. I caught up with the Larry while he was in the bath tub (giggle) and gleaned a little about how he built this botanical bathroom beauty.

Larry gives us the grand tour of his indoor tropical paradise.

Rocks cover the drain which captures the gentle waterfall that drizzles over the plants .  Larry has a pump on a timer that drips from the top of the wall onto the plantings. 
Cork was attached to the wall against a waterproofing wall liner; the  plants grow in a thick mass of moss. 

Can any garden be complete without pink flamingos?

Larry, if you get a chance to read this, chime in with more details – inquiring minds want to know.