October 24, 2021

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Where’s Cherry? The Gardens on Anderton

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We’re out on the road again with friend of the GPOD Cherry Ong, who has sent in photos of another of the many beautiful gardens she’s had the chance to visit this year.

Today I’m sharing some photos of this charming garden we serendipitously found on our road trip on Vancouver Island this August. The Gardens on Anderton is a community garden in Comox, British Columbia, run purely by volunteers. As you can see, the dahlia garden is wonderful! Admission is by donation, so if you visit, please donate generously.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWow! Look at those huge plantings of incredible dahlias (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–11 or as an annual). Dahlias bloom most of the summer but always peak as summer turns into fall.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsBut it isn’t just dahlias—beautiful layers of plants fill the garden here, with tall Verbena bonariensis (Zones 7–10 or as an annual) in the foreground.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA simply elegant planting of a single lavender plant (Lavandula sp., Zones 5–9) in a container

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis beautiful little water garden is wrapped in a lush planting of shrubs and perennials.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsIt’s hard to believe that this incredible space is run entirely by volunteers. What a labor of love!

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsI love the pops of blue color from the window boxes and window frames.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsBack to the dahlias. Dahlias come in a dazzlingly wide range of colors and forms and heights. I love how this planting starts in warm salmon tones at the left and then transforms into shades of pink to the right.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA simple dahlia with just a single layer of white petals

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis dahlia has a totally different, but equally beautiful, look with its layers and layers of narrow salmon petals.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsOne last look at this beautiful garden. Thanks for taking us to visit, Cherry!

Have a garden you’d like to share?

Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!

To submit, send 5-10 photos to [email protected] along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are located, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants, or funny stories from your garden.

If you want to send photos in separate emails to the GPOD email box that is just fine.

Have a mobile phone? Tag your photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #FineGardening!

You don’t have to be a professional garden photographer – check out our garden photography tips!

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