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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Long Beach Peninsula Edible Garden Tour

The annual edible garden tour, presented by the Long Beach Grange, is a benefit for local food banks.

 

Carol and Ed’s Concrete Container Garden

“Our garden is almost totally container; both concrete and black plastic, with home-made hand decorated pavers.”

The reason, Carol and Ed told me, for the garden being almost all in containers is that they are renting.  This way, they could move the whole garden with them, including the artful paths and patio.

I might as well reveal that because of its artistry and attention to detail, this is my favourite garden of the day.

Carol and Ed's place

Carol and Ed’s place

in front of the garage

in front of the garage

Carol is one of the artists who did a plein air painting for the Rhododendron Tour this spring.

Ed makes all the concrete planters (molded from black plastic pots) and smaller containers, birdbaths, and cool metal garden art on display here.

front

Teresa and Carol (Allan's photo)

Teresa and Carol (Allan’s photo)

sculpture

front2

critter

rake bird (pre-tour)

rake bird on tour day

rake bird on tour day

tour guests

tour guests

looking north

looking north

east side of house, looking toward the front (south side). Note the concrete orbs, made by Ed, used as edging.

east side of house, looking toward the front (south side). Note the concrete orbs, made by Ed, used as edging.

orb edging

orb edging

planters2

concrete

I love these small, flat planters made by Ed. More on this later.

I love these small, flat planters made by Ed. More on this later.

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home made pavers

home made pavers

Ed, concrete genius (Allan's photo)

Ed, concrete genius (Allan’s photo)

patio with grape arbour, east side of house

patio with grape arbour, east side of house

handmade paver patio

handmade paver patio

artful swirlies on the grape arbour

artful swirlies on the grape arbour

another swirl created by Ed

another swirl created by Ed

behind the grape arbour

behind the grape arbour

bird bath with orbs

bird bath with orbs

concrete

trough

ed

This lovely little garden would have fit right in on the Music in the Gardens ornamental garden tour.

pavers2

Those paver paths were just as weed-free when Allan and I recently pre-toured this garden.

Looking north: Those paver paths and garden beds were just as weed-free when Allan and I recently pre-toured this garden.

I was warned to not back up into the monkey puzzle tree.

I was warned, while taking photos,  to not back up into the monkey puzzle tree.

looking back to the grape arbor

looking back to the grape arbor

the north end of the garden

the north end of the garden

back yard container garden

back yard container garden

Ed uses plastic pots like these as molds for his concrete pots.  It was a process to figure out how to make it work.

trees

north wall of house

north wall of house

tomatoes and one of Ed's small concrete planters on the back porch

tomatoes and one of Ed’s small concrete planters on the back porch

on the porch

on the porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another critter at the edge of the garden

another critter at the edge of the garden

north end of garden

north end of garden (Allan’s photo)

corn

corn

corn producing in a big container; Ed said he would harvest some for dinner, after the tour.

corn producing in a big container; Ed said he would harvest some for dinner, after the tour. (Allan’s photo)

corn ready to harvest (Allan's photo)

corn ready to harvest (Allan’s photo)

Farmer Ed

Farmer Ed

north fence

north fence

another bird bath with a resting place for bees

another bird bath with a resting place for bees

Ed said he does not sell his large concrete containers, because he does not know how sturdy they would be if moved around.  He does sell some of his smaller creations at the Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park.

decorative flowers and orbs

decorative flowers and orbs

stackable flat planters

stackable flat planters

baths for birds and bees

baths for birds and bees

I do love Carol and Ed’s creative garden and think it is ingenious the way they have made it almost all portable.

Next: a lavender farm by the bay

 

 

 

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