Garden #1 - The English gardens of the Hawtons of Southampton

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A sweeping expanse of lawn

A wisteria covered pergola leads to a quaint footbridge

Pockets of plantings with a labyrinth in the background

The recent 2011 Garden Tour in Saugeen Shores featured nine uniquely different gardens ... each with aspects that set it apart from the others.

Rather than amalgamate them into one article, Saugeen Times feels, in order to do each garden  justice, we would feature them separately in a series.

The Hawton gardens, the first in the series, are evidence of Ann Hawton's heritage of growing up in England.  Located on Eckford Drive in Southampton north, the gardens encompass an entire corner lot.

A path lined with plants and a wall of wisteria lead to the expanse of lawn

This English style garden features all those components of an English garden ... a fountain in a pool, a vast sweep of lawn but with intimate seating areas, stone pathways and a foot bridge over a brook.

A fountain in a lily-laden and stone bordered pond gives a continual soothing sound of water

Each area gives the impression of being a separate room, all surrounded by a sweeping expanse of lush green lawn with a deck overlooking it.

Stone pathway leads to the footbridge that leads to a new raised deck-patio

The Hawtons' gardens are also the perfect backdrop for garden parties, with the most recent being granddaughter, Emma's, third birthday that featured renowned children's entertainer 'Dickie Bird'.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011