The speakers at our January 2011 meeting were Julieanne Agnew and Mike Por from the city of Coquitlam’s Inspiration Garden. Located at Coquitlam Town Centre Park on the corner of Guildford Way and Pipeline Road the garden is a welcome addition to our region’s inventory of gardening resources. Their presentation was very interesting and informative and this garden will be a popular destination for the Tri-City’s gardeners. You can reach them via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taken from their website, here is a partial list of the comprehensive attractions at the Inspiration Garden. I’ve also posted a PDF copy of the map of the garden.
Plants that you can walk on, but won’t need mowing!
The Kitchen Garden
This model food garden demonstrates the range of crops that can be grown throughout the seasons in a local climate.
The garden’s perimeter fencing supports a wide range of ornamental and fruiting crops. From espaliered fruit trees to grapes, kiwis, wisteria and honeysuckle, vertical gardening takes advantage of limited space to produce both food and beauty.
The Cultural Fusion Garden
This showcase of rich gardening traditions has been brought to Coquitlam from all over the world. It features plants and gardening traditions from a variety of cultures that can enrich Coquitlam’s landscape.
A spectacular blend of art and horticulture, the bee and Echinacea flower is growing art that is composed of a metal frame planted with traditional carpet bedding plants – a horticultural treasure that delights young and old.
The Herb Garden
A collection of culinary and medicinal plants with traditional and contemporary significance.
Roses, perennials and other plants such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries have many benefits to a garden including attracting birds and bees—see how they grow and how they can fit into your garden at home.
The Four Seasons Garden
This area features plants that delight the senses year around, contributing colour, fragrance, shape and texture. Adaptable for every yard, patio or deck.
Sustainable Gardening in Action
Permanent educational exhibits that feature sustainable gardening techniques will include compost barrels, a green roof and green wall, and rain barrels – all on a scale appropriate for the average residential gardener.
Location: Coquitlam Town Centre Park on the corner of Guildford Way and Pipeline Road
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