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V is for Victoria, BC and Suzi Beber’s Secret Not So Secret Garden, A to Z Challenge 2013

Garden Gate from Suzi's Secret Not so Secret Garden, Victoria, BC.
Garden Gate from Suzi’s Secret Not so Secret Garden, Victoria, BC. Photo by Suzi Beber.

V is for Victoria, BC, and Suzi Beber’s Secret Not so Secret Garden.  Although I have never been to this place, I feel part of it, since our Nutmeg Designs art is there, starting with the sign on the garden gate.  Suzi made the gate with parts of an old headboard.  It is magical.

Wood Ducks -- outside the bedroom window -- This is the birdhouse that Tommy made from a tree that was partially cut down by Saanich. Photo by Suzi Beber.
Wood Ducks — outside the bedroom window — This is the birdhouse that Tommy made from a tree that was partially cut down by Saanich. Photo by Suzi Beber.

Her sweetie Tommy made this birdhouse in the back of the house.

Smiling Blue Skies Mosaic Gazing Ball by Margaret Almon. Photo by Suzi Beber.
Smiling Blue Skies Mosaic Gazing Ball by Margaret Almon. Photo by Suzi Beber.

Suzi commissioned a mosaic bowling ball, and it travelled all the way from Pennsylvania to Victoria, to a beautiful welcome from the flowers.  This is its one year anniversary in the Secret Not So Secret Garden.

One of Suzi Beber's Paintings Come to Life in the Garden.
One of Suzi Beber’s Paintings Come to Life in the Garden. Photo by Suzi Beber.

Suzi is an artist, and her work blossoms forth in the garden.

It's always nice to watch Tommy and BB go for "A Walk in the Park." Photo by Suzi Beber.
It’s always nice to watch Tommy and BB go for “A Walk in the Park.” Photo by Suzi Beber

Suzi is the founder of the Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund to help end canine cancer, in honor of Blues, her Golden Retriever who died of lymphoma in 1991.  Blues was a companion to Suzi as she dealt with chronic illness, and the human-animal bond was part of her healing.

Amazingly Blue Lace Hydrangea. Photo by Suzi Beber.
Amazingly Blue Lace Hydrangea. Photo by Suzi Beber.

Hydrangeas are my favorite flower and Suzi has sent some stunning photos of the ones lucky enough to be in her garden.

It's always nice to hop on the bike and go for a "garden ride." Photo by Suzi Beber.
It’s always nice to hop on the bike and go for a “garden ride.” Photo by Suzi Beber.

I was in Victoria in 1987, and remember the beauty of Vancouver Island.  Suzi has added immeasurably to the beauty.

Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund

My previous A to Z posts.

More images on my A to Z Challenge 2013 Pinterest Board.

A to Z Blogging Challenge April 2013

4 comments

  1. This has inspired me!!
    I was always amazed at the garden next to my aunt’s house in Elizabeth, NJ, and wish that she was still around to tend it.
    Thanks for this–made my day.
    XO
    Pen

  2. Snowcatcher says:

    The bike, the beautiful bowling ball, the gate… what’s not to love about this post! I took my kids to Butchart Gardens back in about ’98, and I long to spend days there again. Days, not hours!

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