At the NSAGC conference last weekend, Marilyn Johnston of the Shelburne County Garden Club was publicly recognized as our "Outstanding Member of the Year". Marilyn received this award for her hard work, leadership and dedication to her club and gardening.
( Marilyn is on the far right)
So, as a result, this past week, we followed the pathway, decorated with handmade stepping stones, into Marilyn's garden, to see what was flowering for her during these late spring days.
The property she shares with her husband Doug, is along the Roseway River, and being quite sheltered, the Iris Germanica were in full bloom
A Guardian Angel oversees the garden
There are little shaded woodland corners where the moccasin orchids and ferns can flourish
Aquilegia was in full bloom, spread over large areas, since she has been gardening here for 22 years.
A Saucer Magnolia and a rhododendron add a touch of pink.
An overview of the lower garden, with a large Japaneses Maple in the background.
Azaleas, rhododendrons and hostas in abundance. A "Florence Parks" rhododendron, situated behind the hosta on the right, is advertised to be one of the most cold-hardy darker purple rhododendrons.
The darker red Rhododendrom portrayed here is "Francesca"
Looking up towards the house from the lower garden, you can see the lovely handmade bench where she and Doug can rest and look over their gardens, as they change through the seasons.