Category Archives: Garden Gifts

Unique Gift ideas for the garden. The gift that gives all year.

Island Garden Scapes-a family business!

To all of our clients…thank you for giving us the opportunity to show you what we can do for you!  Cheers!

Call us for all your lawn and landscape needs… thank you from Tim, Trevor, Mike, Miss Ryla, Kathleen and baby Ashlyn.

Cedar Garden Boxes For Sale on Vancouver Island

Beautiful western cedar garden boxes for sale.  No size too big or too small.  Choose from current designs or will build to suit your outdoor space.  Delivery available, prices vary…call/text/email for more information.

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Complimentary Landscaping for a Country Wedding

Last year an unfortunate accident took place that I am sure many of you have experienced.  I dropped my phone in water and had to have it replaced.  Lost were many garden photos…563 to be exact.  I replaced my phone the next day and left the old one sitting in rice.  After a few days I put it in my desk drawer and forgot about it.  Moving in the fall, the old phone stayed in a box until yesterday.  I charged it and like magic it took the charge and I accessed all of the 563 pictures.

Each year I volunteer landscaping hours…sometimes I advertise free landscaping for seniors and other times the job just seems to appear.  I believe it is important to give something back.  In my lifetime so many many people have helped me on my journey; I certainly wouldn’t be the person I am today without all of those helping hands and hearts that have reached out to me.  I believe one of the reasons we are on this earth is to help each other out along the way.  The intrinsic rewards are priceless for me.  For me no amount of money can replace the feeling of helping others.

A few years ago while gardening for one of my regular customers I was introduced to Les.  He was a very kind man as is his wife Lorraine.  He owned a small farm near Cedar BC where he grew garlic for the local health food store.  He offered me some work, helping him with his garlic crop.  Which I was happy to oblige, not only for the work, but the knowledge I would gain.

I was very blessed to meet him and his lovely wife Lorraine.  Wonderful people…so caring and so down to earth.  That first garden season after meeting them, they offered to let me grow a garden along side the garlic.  It was a God send to me as I was living in a suite with no garden area.  That season was so busy I had to rely on Les to let me know when my garden needed watering.  We watered my garden and the garlic regularly.  I grew many vegetables and herbs that year…eating and canning everything I could.  There is such a sense of accomplishment that comes with eating an entire meal from your own garden, which I did enjoy many times that summer!  Thank you Les & Lorraine 🙂

Tragedy struck 1 1/2 years ago when Les passed away from an unfortunate accident; leaving his wife and a daughter who was engaged to be married.  The bride, Heather had her heart set on a country wedding.

So we set to work.  The property is a beautiful farm over looking the Nanaimo River.  It is a place where time seems to stand still.  The farm is 10 acres,  complete with a large home, detached garage, detached shop and a barn overlooking a meadow.

I was so busy last summer that I did not even get to the farm to work until 3 weeks before the wedding so it was a stretch…one that I was not sure I could fulfill.  Lorraine had worked tirelessly year after year gardening and had beautiful gardens everywhere.  There were beautiful rhododendron gardens surrounding the house where she had incorporated peach trees, raspberries and other edibles into the garden space.  The gardens just needed some elbow grease to get things in order.

The driveway was a winding lane over a 1/4 mile long from the road to the house with fruit trees on one side and a fenced pasture lined with black berry brambles on the other.  Years previous had seen the addition of a rock garden along the driveway closer to the house.  It was beautiful but overgrown with weeds and grass.

The bride had her heart set on getting married on the lawn and then having her wedding photos taken near the barn and pasture.  There was a considerable amount of work to be done.  The area where the guests would park was overgrown with weeds and grass also.  And work we did.  There were dozens of volunteers that helped every step of the way.  The landscaping was my expertise and thankfully I met the challenge and finished two days before the wedding.

Driveway before

 

Driveway after

Lorraine seeded the lawn area where Heather wanted the ceremony and watered daily for the lawn to thrive.  I added my landscaping touches weeding and mulching everything in sight.

Even Sheeba, the family pet helped by chasing the rabbits away!

The pasture needed to be cut down around the barn and beyond for the wedding photos.  I used a weed eater to get it down to about 8 inches…cleaned the area of all rocks, trees and branches, then I took the lawnmower to it twice…the last time two days before the wedding.  I also trimmed and pruned all shrubs and trees giving each a hair cut to tidy things up.

The three weeks flew by…I cleared my calendar of other jobs to finish this one…at the exasperation of some of my customers…it wasn’t that their gardens weren’t important to me…it was that this was something I had to do…and the wedding turned out beautiful.  A gorgeous summer day for a beautiful bride & groom!  In total I put in 49.5 hours and am so very grateful that I could do something nice for this family!

Congratulations Heather & Ray!  Have a wonderful life!

 

 

 

 

Blessings of the Season to All

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A very special thank you to each and every garden owner who has touched my life and my heart.  Thank you for hiring my company and thank you so very much for every moment I have spent in your gardens…it has truly been my pleasure!  May you be blessed now and all year long, with happiness, peace and joy!  A safe and happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year to all!

Thank you to:

Janet & Daryl, Mark & Cathy, Verna & Sharon, Stan & Doris, Chrissy, Jennifer, Lynn & Oskar, Connie, Pru & Rod, Janice, Christine & Angus, Rachel, Ed & Gena, Peter, Jim, Lorraine & Les, Sheila, Len, Carollyne, Dan, Frank, David, Henry, Irene, Marie, Eileen, Allan & Mavis, Howard & Francis, John & Sylvia, Garry, June, Suzanne, Sharron, Shirley & Stan, James, Jannine, Mike & Alyson, Jimmy, Debbie, …so very grateful to each of you.

A very special thank you to Mike, Tim and Trevor…thank you for believing in me and supporting me…I am forever grateful!

A heart felt thank you to the folks at Take5 who have been so wonderful…blessings of the season to all of you!

Being a Landscape Gardener!

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Last Minute Christmas Gifts!

Are you one of those last minute shoppers who is not sure what to buy someone who has everything?  Would you like to avoid the stress of crowds and shopping in the malls and still come ahead with a gift that shines?

A trip to the Garden Centre is always fun and stimulating with all of the colours and scents of the season.  Friday’s Vancouver Sun may hold the key to your stress free shopping trip.  From seed kits to stocking stuffers to cherry trees for spring to the super gnome…there is something for everyone…whether they are an avid gardener or just enjoy flowers.  Buying for the garden is a thoughtful gift that gives all year!   And if you are not sure of your gardener, then a gift certificate is always a perfect choice!  Happy shopping and Happy holidays!

 

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