Late summer garden tour delights Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’

Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)
Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)
Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)
Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)
Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)
Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)
Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)
Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)
Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens.Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens.
Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)
Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)
Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens. (Submitted by Ginny Saboe)

Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club members spent the evening of Sept. 1 touring three area gardens.

“Each one is so different and so unique,” raved the Club’s Ginny Saboe. “The first garden was small but quite lovely.”

“She had the most fantastic cherry tree in the yard with branches that extended so far from the trunk, a perfect place to climb up and view the world below,” Saboe described. “Lovely flowers, most of them finished for the season but our homeowner knew what each plant was and told us the story of how she chose them.”

What’s more, the tourists were given an ice cream bar to keep cool as they walked through her little slice of heaven.

The club members then wandered across the street to another amazing sight — the eclectic gardens of a mother and her son.

“The front garden is the mom’s with the grape vine arbor and succulents in pots on her porch. Lots of different flowers and shrubs surround her front yard. Then the surprise was her son’s garden in the back,” Saboe said. “Wow! He grows vegetables, has sunflowers, raises chickens, and has a complete selection of different pepper types so he can make his salsa for those who like it medium to extremely hot. The whole back yard was full of a great selection from cabbages, asparagus, tomatoes, fruit trees, and so much more.”

That garden visit was capped off with a drink under the grape vine arbour.

The tour finished up at the Cowichan ‘Lake Bloomers’ Garden Club’s president’s garden.

“Such interesting things,” Saboe explained. “A mother and hens in a pair of work boots, an old metal bed frame in one garden. Strings of lights accented the two wheel bike and the mirrors in her backyard. The outhouse in the corner, the fish pond and beautiful flowers throughout her space.”

There, wine and juice was served to all.

All 14 of us had a fantastic night,” Saboe said. “We have some great gardeners in our town and they are all so talented and creative.”

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