Monday, July 19, 2010

The Sperling Garden, Hamilton Ontario

Deep in their roots,
All flowers keep the light.
                                                                                                            Theodore Roethke

Debbie Sperling has many plans for her large property located just outside of Hamilton, Ontario and considers her garden very much to be a work in progress.

The three year old pond was one of the first projects that she and her husband tackled. An old swimming pool located just off the back deck was transformed into a large figure eight shaped pond. A japanese style wooden bridge crosses the pond at the narrowest point and links the two sections of the pond.

A flagstone path encircles the pond. In this picture Joe Pie weed, rust colored daylilies, Ligularia and assorted grasses are planted just beyond the waters edge.

 At the far end of the pond, water bubbles to the surface and then cascades down a series of waterfalls.

Variegated Weiglia and ground cover evergreens are planted alongside the path that leads to the top of the waterfall. 

The pond attracts lots of wildlife including hawks and eagles. Here a dragonfly keeps watch over the pond on the curve of a slender reed.

The water buckles into ripples as the excited koi scramble for food.

A frog surfaces what the fuss is all about.

There are many places to sit and view the garden including this quite corner.

Though in the early stages of creation, Debbie's garden is already one of the nicest I have seen. 


  1. I've never had a water garden, but looking at these great gardens, I'm so tempted - especially with the warm weather. Looks like a really good tour & you've taken lots of great photos!

  2. Good morning. What a beautiful blog you have. Your photos are stunning. The Sperling garden is certainly lovely as are the other gardens you featured in previous posts. The idea of turning a swimming pool into a water garden is new to me but very interesting.

    I enjoyed your post on Lucy Maud Montgomery. I especially love the CBC production and have watched it many times.

  3. What a fabulous use of an old pool. A friend has done the same in her yard, and you'd never know it had once been a pool. Gorgeous pictures! Love the frog!

  4. You have been to some really interesting gardens. It is great to see (and steal) all these wonderful ideas.

  5. Gorgeous! Makes you just want to sit and linger.

  6. Jennifer, thank you for the excellent photos of our garden and wildlife! Would you mind sending me the high-res .jpg files for my album? My e-mail address is
    Come back any time!

  7. this is my aunts pond. its always beutiful and full of activity theres always something new to see every time we come and visit. its so relaxing just watching the koi swim about as you hear the water from the water falls. it certainly is an amazing view,backyard and conversation starter.


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