Garden #3 - The gardens of Barry and Pat Ruhl of Southampton

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A garden that is inviting and fun

This is the third garden in the series of the 2011 Garden Tour of Saugeen Shores.

The gardens of Barry and Pat Ruhl are quirky, fun and inviting.  While the front yard, with its welcoming veranda, is a Xeroscape, low-maintenance style with drought tolerant plantings, the back of the home has gardens that are made up of separate 'room-like' areas.

Like its owners Barry & Pat Ruhl, the gardens are quirky and fun

"We like things that are a little different," says Barry Ruh.  The evidence is found in unusual surprises, such as the antique bird cage that has an oriental feel then a Grecian corner complete with 'corinthian' style columns that lead to a seating area.

Columns lead the visitor to a seating area

Tucked away behind the gazebo, that takes centre stage, is a new waterfall and dry stone pond where the birds enjoy a summer dip.

A little unexpected 'vignette'

A winding stone pathway, once buried under grass now invites visitors to the gazebo.



While honeysuckle is a noteable climber, this one has an unusual dome shape.  "It used to climb the wall on a trellis," says Pat Ruhl, "but it fell down and we just left is there to do its thing!  Somewhere under all that," she laughs,  "is a trellis!"

The Ruhl's garden, complete with a hot-tub, is one where family and friends can relax.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011