Every year I try to do my small part to support garden themed events for worthy charitable causes. One such garden tour is the annual Pond Tour for the Hospice, which raises much needed funds for the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice for Palliative Care in Hamilton.
The hospice is a non-profit organization that provides supportive care to patients who are facing a life-threatening illness. A portion of the hospice's operating budget comes from the government, but the rest must be raised through special events like the annual pond tour.
Amber Downes of Clearwater Ponds, who helps to organize the tour each year for the hospice, emailed me the other day to let me know that they have set the dates for this year's tour. This summer the two day watergarden extravaganza will take place on Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd.
To coincide with this announcement, I thought that I would showcase one of the prettier ponds from last year's tour.
I have already shown you a few sneak peaks of this terrific garden. Today, I will place them back in context and show you the full garden and pond.
Before we head into the back garden, we'll pause for just a quick second and admire the colorful container plantings at the front of the house.
Now let's go down the pathway leading to the backyard.
Beautiful blue-grey stones edge the stone path.
As we round the house, a mix of trees, shrubs and perennials partially obscures the view,
making what comes next a bit of a surprise.
Looking back the way we came.
If you like your garden to be neat and tidy at all times, this is a good example of what you might want to consider planting.
Provided they are well watered and the slugs are kept at bay, this planting combination, which includes magenta astilbe, mixed hostas, pale pink spirea, pyramid-shaped boxwood, assorted hydrangeas and a Japanese Maple, are going to look great for the full gardening season.
As we round the corner, we get our first glimpse of the pond.
As you can now see, the pond is quite expansive and takes up a good portion of the back garden.
Amber Downes of Clearwater Ponds tell me that, "When Clearwater Ponds first met these clients, they had a brand new pond built by another contracter. Unfortunately, the pond was not functioning properly. The pond had good "bones", but not enough "muscle" to keep it functioning properly."
A stone patio runs along the back of the house and overlooks the pond.
To get the pond functioning properly, Clearwater Ponds increased the pond's filtration and improved the pond's circulation by adding an additional pump and a surface skimmer. They also reinstalled the existing filter properly.
Amber says, "The clients are so happy with the final result. Their pond is beautiful to look at and is always crystal clear."
The waterlilies in this pond are quite colorful.
One final project that Clearwater did was to redesign and rebuild the previously existing waterfall. The newly installed waterfall is much more natural looking and visually pleasing.
For those of you that live in the GTA, mark your calendars for this year's pond tour. It is a wonderful event for a great cause.
To see more ponds from last year's tour, be sure to check out this virtual Pond Tour for the Hospice on Facebook. There will be a different pond each day for the next few weeks.