Visiting Quebec City

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Kathy Purdy, author of, visiting a Quebecois garden

Visiting Les Jardins de Chaudiere-Bassin in Quebec. Photo by Niki Jabbour

For the past several days I’ve been visiting gardens in and around Quebec City in Canada as part of the Garden Writers Association annual symposium. According to this map, the warmest parts of Quebec are USDA Zone 3. I’m not sure I believe that, as many of the plants I’ve seen in gardens here are further along than in my own USDA Zone 4/5-ish garden. Nevertheless, it is clearly a cold climate and I’m gathering a lot of useful ideas and wonderful inspiration to share with you in the weeks to come. For now, I’ll just say the Quebec is proof positive that you can have a beautiful garden despite bitterly cold winter temperatures and piles of snow.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener pp. 142

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Niki Jabbour September 16, 2013, 11:57 am

It was great to see you Kathy!! And wonderful to connect in this beautiful garden 🙂

Jessica Walliser August 20, 2013, 7:42 pm

Good to see you in Quebec, Kathy!!!

Gail August 20, 2013, 7:30 am

It’s really quite a lovely city and the gardens are superb…It’s good to see you! xogail

Frances August 20, 2013, 5:09 am

I look forward to seeing this beautiful place through your eyes, Kathy.

les August 20, 2013, 5:09 am

I’ve been there twice, and have always been impressed with the level of gardening taking place there. In light of their long winters, I can see why they go all-out in the summer.

Danielle August 19, 2013, 10:13 pm

Can’t wait for more pictures and shares from Quebec City. So sad that I couldn’t be there this year. You look beautiful in the photo.

Charlie@Seattle Trekker August 19, 2013, 9:50 pm

I have been to most cities in both the US and Canada and Quebec City is one of my real favorites. My last visit was in January so I am a believer that it gets really cold. I enjoyed your garden photo.