The Gardens Across the Bridge
This is photo walk through of the gardens being installed in the Niagara Falls Park in Canada. It is quite different from those on our side with many of the gardens formally laid out.
The umbrellas add color and excitement to the balcony promenade.
This is an example of a pergola that is doing exactly what it is supposed to do architecturally and aesthetically. Note the strong shadowing in line and pattern adding interest and a sense of privacy to the walk. The woman is barely noticeable.Garden Helpers
It takes a lot of maintenance to support gardens of this size and type. According to one of the friendly helpers, they have experienced budget cuts. I am guessing this puts more work on those that remain. But the gardener did say that many jobs, like cutting back weeds, are on a longer rotation schedule. I did notice many hedges, like barberry that were not trimmed. Honestly, it is healthier for the shrubs not to be cut back so hard each year, but in gardens that are redesigned often, I guess this is not of concern. Planting Santolina
The helper above, when asked what he was planting, responded that I would have no idea because they are such rare plants, there was no use in telling me. He went on to say that the nearby Horticulture School had nothing to do with the Parks Department and they do not set foot off the campus when I asked if they help work here. What a weeny! The other helpers were friendly and knowledgable. I guess this guy was too, but must have been having one of those days, after all, he did say he was at this for hours. He was a bit nicer when I said I lived 8 minutes away and was not a tourist.