WELCOME TO "THE WILLOW GARDEN"

 

April Rose

Leaf image from Tijs Huisman

Rhododendron hippophaeoides

Leaf image from Tijs Huisman......rhodoland.nl

Manitau

  

" Let Us Introduce Ourselves "

"The Willow Garden" is located outside Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and is the home of Bill and Sharon (Bryson) Wilgenhof. It is located on several acres of semi-woodland with an eclectic blend of bulbs, shrubs and herbaceous perennials. We are in hardiness zone 5b.
Bill has been growing Rhododendrons and Azaleas from seed for the last several years. His aim is to produce more beautiful and hardier plants for our region. There are over 5000 seedlings ranging in age from a few months to over 15 years. Some of the fruits of this "labour of love" are included in the Rhododendron growing section.
A great many plants in our garden have been grown from seed. That "seedy" interest has led to seed collecting and sharing each year. We have also been involved in the ARHS Seed Exchange for a number of years, and have included an online version of that exchange.
The garden changes as the seasons unfold, as do the activities of 'The Gardeners'. We have tried to present the garden from a seasonal view. We welcome visitors from everywhere. If you are interested in a visit, simply contact us. We often recommend that people visit several times during the growing season; nothing is ever the same!
We look upon the development of our website as an additional way to share our love and knowledge of gardening. Along the way, we will try to introduce you to our plants, our gardening friends and various sources of inspiration.



Visit our BLOG - “Willow Garden Musings”, where you are welcome to comment and participate.

For a detailed sketch of our garden click on the link to a little article prepared for the
Atlantic Rhodo Oct'03 Newsletter called

  " Evolution of The Willow Garden"



'Walk Down the Garden Paths', click here Grab your umbrella for a rainy day walk



We invite visitors to sign our Guestbook

Click to participate
 

To view a variety of Garden Pictures from the last six-seven years, visit our Photobucket Albums 


 

view from the 'hollow' - early July'03
This is a view of the back of our home from the a garden area we often refer to as the "hollow". There are many Rhododendron seedlings on trial here. There are also numerous tree species which have been grown from seed over the past several years.  Several Catalpa species are doing especially well.
Click to see changes through the seasons


A favourite "view" is simply from the back doorstep.       
It is quite different almost everyday. July 4, 2009

view July4

Impatiens at front of house...evening 2003
The front door of our home overlooks several planting areas towards the 'Old Maryvale Road' where we live. The rather shaded area under the birches is home to many spring bulbs plus a small planting of small-leaf Rhodies. Summer color is added by planting Impatiens and Tuberous Begonias


Our back step is being blessed with a beautiful new rose this summer of 2009 'Burgundy Iceberg'


burgundy iceberg

Contact :
Bill and Sharon (Bryson) Wilgenhof 
Antigonish
Nova Scotia     B2G 2L1  CANADA

directions
e-mail: 

willowgarden_ns@hotmail.com


Visitors to The Willow Garden
(installed 04/12/08)


Some regional weather


View Maryvale in a larger map


Here are several useful links
Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society
 
Gardens North
Tijs and Reini Huisman's Rhododendron Site

hirsutum.info - a virtual arboretum, all about rhododendrons, azaleas
Tom Clothier's Germination Data
American Rhododendron Society
Canadian Gardening
Atlantic Rhododendron & Horticultural Soc.
Baldwin's Nurseries, Falmouth, N.S.

Foggy Hollow Farm Garden Centre, Noel, N.S.
Bloomingwriter - Jodi DeLong's Blog

New Gardening Forum- Blooming Answers

Maritime Gardening  community for Atlantic gardening enthusiasts
Woodlands and Meadows, Truro, N.S.
Landscaping and Design:Garden Fountains
    
Gardening Resource Index
                 FLORA:Home/garden resources incl. 90,000+ plant database
Ardness Gardens - Pictou Co., NS

VARIETY IN LEAF-FORM AND BLOOM ADDS TO THE FASCINATION OF RHODODENDRONS

Yaku Sunrise

'01Yellow seedling

Helikki

Bayport image (BPT QER'01)from John Weagle/ Right click & 'view image ' will improve some images

'Boule de Neige' /Right click & use 'view image ' will often improve image

seedling/ Purple Blotch'01

Catawbiense grandiflora

 

welcome

 Rhododendrons

seasons

These pages are designed & maintained by
 Sharon Bryson
updated  February 17, 2014