Location of the Hostas

Location of 50 Garden Beds with Hosta Count

Each visitor can request a garden map. The map is intended as a guide to Seven Willows. It not only gives the visitor some bearing but also reveals at a glance how the gardens developed by noting the year (in brackets) that each garden section and its contained beds were established.  The period covered is 1975 to 2018. The Beds are Number 1  to 50 and the garden in which each is situated identified as abbreviated below and the year established are given in brackets. The abbreviation used in identifying the gardens  are as follows:

Victoriana Garden (VG)
Creek Side Garden (CR)
Centre Point (CP)
Northwestern Garden (NW)

Cottage Style Garden (CT)
Summer House Garden (SH)
Japanese Style Garden (JP)
Woodland Garden (WL)

For example, the first bed created in 1975 was No. 47 and it is to be found in the Cottage Style Garden (CT), and the reference is given as (47), (CT), (1975). If a bed has been significantly altered over the years, as in this case,  the change is shown as: (47), (CT), (1975)/(2016) – 2016 being the year of the last alteration.

Cottage Style Garden (CT)

In addition to No. 47, the Cottage Style Garden incorporates all the beds wrapping around the house. At the front are beds Numbers 30(1999-2000), 31(2006-2007) and 47 (19750 /(2016). At the rear are Nos.  26(1980-1981), 27(Pre-1989), 28(1980-1981), and 29(1999).

Northwestern Garden (NW)

Located amongst the 11 beds here are all the very early beds forming integral parts of the outdoor living spaces at the rear particularly the patio and gazebo. They are: 11 (1999-2000), 12 (2000-2001), 20 (1980-1983), 21 (1980-1985), 22 (1982-1999), 23 (1982-1985)/ (2001-2002), 24 (1995-1999), 25 (1980-1981), 33 (1982) / (2017-2018), 45 (2012) and 46 (2012).

Creek Side Garden (CR)

The garden on the creek side consisting of six beds were established as follows: Numbers 1 (2005), 2 (2005) 3 (2005) 4 (2004) 43 (2010-2011) and 44 (2012-2013).

Victorian Garden (VG)

The Victoriana Garden embraces nine beds: Numbers 13 (2005-2007), 14 (2006-2008), 15 (2007-2008), 16 (2008), 17 (2008-2009), 18 (2008-2009), 19 (2009-2010), 32 (1978), 49 (1976-1977) / (2014) /(2018).

Centre Point Garden (CP)

It contains a single bed No. 42 (1984) / (1989).

Summer House Garden (SH)

All beds Numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 were established between (2002-2003). However,  Bed No. 10 and has been through several transformation. It was last reworked between 2011-2013 with an emphasis on hostas.g

Japanese Garden (JP)

The entire display made up of  seven beds Numbers 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 and 41 dates between (2015-21018).

Woodland Garden (WL)

Bed Numbers 48 and 50 were totally replanted different varieties of daylilies in 2018 forming a memorial to Trevor. Both were originally created in 2016 No. 48 planted with one variety of Hosta “Honeybell” and No. 50  with 86 plantings of “Blue Mammoth”. Whereas bed Number34  (2018) enhances the outer entrance to the West Woodlands.


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The Hostas

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Hostas in Landscape Design

The distinct and memorable feature of Seven Willows is the predominance of hostas.  The garden is a showcase of the varied ways in which hostas can be used in landscape and design. A new hosta bed was created annually between 1998 and 2014. The last bed devoted to hostas, Number 49, involved clearing away woody shrubs and ground cover in this old bed to which was added fresh soil and sheep manure to facilitate new plantings of 107  different varieties of hostas. The vast majority survived, and about 28 more were added on the east side in 2018 using divisions from old stock. This single bed now contains at least 137 different varieties of hosta and over 70 different varieties of daylilies.

Over the 44 years by exact count 1,304 hostas have been planted.  Glenda has been fastidious in keeping a record of every hosta planted, recording the hosta’s name, whether there is photo representation or photo tag (P), year of purchase and from which nursery or garden centre and the exact location planted.  For each bed there is a map showing the original layout and location where each hosta is planted. There are no tags or markers identifying hostas in this garden. Over the years the depletion in the number of  hostas has  been significant: deer, an abundance of rabbits, ground hogs, chipmunks, squirrel, turtles, more recently and most destructive, voles, gophers, beavers and muskrats, as well as earthbound insects, have been an ongoing challenge. Between 2012 and 2017 the attrition rate became alarming. In two front beds it is estimated over 50 hostas disappeared during the winter of 2012 alone as well as many daylilies and astilbes. The problem took a while to identify and ameliorate. All hostas seem to have survived in spring 2018 and the garden has assumed a glorious appearance. Spring 2018 has seen a major rebirth of the garden, and the hostas, now almost daily, photographed, are nothing short of spectacular.

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