Visiting Quebec City
August 19, 2013
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Visiting Les Jardins de Chaudiere-Bassin in Quebec. Photo by Niki Jabbour
or 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.
In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.
in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons