This past summer I was asked to join a diverse panel of industry experts to sit as judges for the BC Landscape & Nursery Association‘s 2013 Landsape Awards of Excellence. We looked at gardens from across BC. Pouring over images & plant lists, looking at water features and outdoor living rooms. It was an interesting day. Visiting over a dozen gardens while not leaving the office. What the experience may have lacked in touchy feel-y plants, it more than made up for in inspiration. I left the BCLNA headquarters that afternoon feeling my juices recharged. I wanted to go sculpt a new garden. More on that another time…
While we judged projects of all sizes and scope, one was found to be execptional. This year we handed out the Award of Excellence to the Grand Winner: Ogawa Landscape Design for their work on Thyme on 43rd. We were lucky enough to have been invited to visit this private garden by the homeowner Evelyn Faulkner, and this fall we took her up on the offer.
Through out the garden the level hard work and attention to detail was evident everywhere we looked. The designer Hayato Ogawa was on hand to speak to us about this grand project that enveloped his life for so many years. With humour and a humble grace he spoke about the challenges he faced building this masterpiece.
The large natural stones throughout the garden were brought in and placed with the utmost care and intent while using the traditional techniques for building a Japanese garden. Tri pods were employed, pavers were hand chiseled, wood was fit together using the techniques of joinery. This was the tireless work of a true professional, and the results were outstanding.
Thyme on 43rd is a surprising brilliant garden hidden in plain sight. A normal suburban street in the heart of Langley became simply extrodinary once we stepped through the formidable side gate. Instantly transporting us into the heart of one of the most unique & beautiful gardens in the Lower Mainland.
My lens found happiness in the little details. Flowers turning, leave bursting with the last of their sensational colours, and of course the stone.
As a photographer I was in heaven. I took so may pictures while wandering the paths of Thyme on 43rd. Too many to share in one post. Last week I gathered a few of the most captivating pathways in Wordless Wednesday: Walk this Way, with more to follow later this week. I hope to get back to this garden in the spring. I suspect it will be well worth the wait.