Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pathways to Perennials

Last week I attended a 'Shady Ladies' garden presentation followed by a high tea at Pathways to Perennials.
They like purple too as you can see by their logo with the work boot planted with flowers and they all wear purple tee shirts.  The property has many display gardens, a garden centre to buy plants and a giftware shop along with indoor and outdoor furnishings.
Rain was threatening the day I was there with friends but lunch was over before the skies opened up.
 I'll take you on a little tour of some of the display gardens.
One of the tomato plants had a robin's nest in it.  
 This building houses the amazing shop and Garden Cafe.
Visitors can eat outside on the patio as well which is where the tea was held.  Look at this fabulous purple cafe set, it would look right at home in my garden.
I'll share what I gleaned from the 'shady ladies' presentation and what I bought for my woodland garden next week.
If you'd like to see photos of the high tea, join me Tuesday when I post 'tea with friends' and join other ladies for a gathering over tea.  (the new chef was the Sous Chef at Sooke Harbor, Vancouver Island back in the late 80's)
I'm linking with:
Cottage Garden Party at Fishtail Cottage
Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time

27 comments:

  1. Hi Judith. This looks like a beautiful place for your garden club to gather for tea. Thankfully the rain held off until you were finished. Have a great week. Pamela

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  2. What a beautiful place to visit! I'm looking forward to seeing your purchases and your tea. A very nice place to have high tea! Glad the weather held for you.
    Hugs, Beth

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  3. Gardens and tea....does it get any more perfect for you, Judith?

    : - )

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  4. Two of my favourite things tea and gardening! What a fabulous way to spend time with friends. Great photos.. Blessings, C (HHL)

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  5. Hi Judith! It is good to be back and soaking up all the beauty and inspiration of teatime - and lovely gardens! I am looking forward to your tea post about the teatime at this grand garden spot! So many beautiful things! We had a late start on our humble garden so I don't know if much of anything will happen this year. However, I am very happy to see that my lavender DID come back. I really thought some of it was gone for good! I'm getting blooms already and hope they will bush out this year. I believe we may default to a good deal of knock-out roses - as per my husband's request - since they are very hardy and grow well in our area. We shall see.
    Blessings!
    Kathy

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  6. What a lovely place to have tea! I know you like purple. Our daughter is getting married in three weeks and her wedding colors are yellow and purple.

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  7. Very lovely tour, Judith. So lush and so green. I too like the purple cafe set-I have some chairs that need a bit of brightening!
    Jemma

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  8. It's a lovely place. How nice to be able to sit down to a lunch there.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  9. Oh my, how I would have loved to have been there! Gorgeous place! Can't wait to hear about the Shady Ladies. Hmmm ...

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  10. My Dear Friend, you do go to some lovely and quaint spots! What's better than flowers, tea and friends?
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  11. Lovely Judith, I love the purple garden set.. have a lovely day with love Janice

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  12. I'm guessing which table you would have chosen! What a sweet pic with the robins' nest. It looks like a good outing. Thanks for the tour!

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  13. looks like the perfect day did you stick the little table and chairs in your pocket and take them home..lol they are adorable.. hugs, Cherry

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  14. This sounds like a great idea to go to the gardening centre and have a tea in the pretty garden setting. Wendy

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  15. oh my! What a lovely setting for tea!
    You have such a lovely blog!

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  16. That looks so wonderful. I love all the little nooks with plants and statues !!
    Have a great day.

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  17. It looks like a wonderful spot for tea, Judith. If the weather clears, I'll be able to enjoy the Peony Festival this weekend, although tea in a paper cup may not be quite the same experience!
    -Karen

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  18. What a beautiful place for tea! Nice photos!! I'm behind in blogging. I've been switching computers and transferring all my photos and info. Wow, what a project!

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  19. Hi Judith. I'll answer your questions about my computer back on that post on my blog. It's easier for me that way - however, it causes you to have to re-visit that post on my blog.

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  20. Thank you for sharing over here at Fishtail Cottage's garden party - oh, how I'd love to visit along w/you! looks like a wonderful place to look around! xoox, tracie

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  21. What a lovely place for tea. Don't you just love gardens!

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  22. Hi,again,
    Thank you for taking me to this pretty garden, Judith!I also like to peek the robin's nest!

    I will write you later.
    Tomoko

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  23. Judith,
    A bird's nest in a tomato plant is so special! Who would have ever thought a bird would nest there! Your photos are wonderful. Thanks for taking us along with you.

    Judith

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  24. Two wonderful surprises with the robin's eggs and that purple table and chairs...

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  25. Oh that looks like such a wonderful spot! I'm not a tea drinker, but I sure could wander among the plants and displays for a while. Wish I lived closer!

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  26. Hi Judith,

    What a beautifully tranquil setting for high tea and a garden presentation. The lavender bistro set has a French country vibe, don't you think? It reminds me of the colour of doors and shutters in the French countryside. Thanks for lovely tour!

    Poppy

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