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Gardens of Hope

A garden growing in support of others needing respite and hope

Our Birdfeeders

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Bruce MacNaughton

Thank you to Katherine, our graphic designer for taking these lovely photographs in our gardens in the fall of 2014. 

The bird feeders we carry at our store are not only good for the environment, they are also an excellent hassle-free investment for feeding birds in your backyard. Each feeder is made from over 98% recycled material and saves numerous plastic containers from being thrown away in landfills. The recycled material is easy to clean and keeps its new appearance year after year - and is guaranteed never to fade, crack or split.

Our birdfeeders are maintenance free and made of recycled materials. The poly lumber, made from 98% recycled material, is guaranteed never to fade, crack or split. Stainless steel fasteners are used for extra durability.

Recycled poly lumber is made of recycled plastic containers. In the manufacture of this product, twenty plastic milk jug containers were saved from going into a landfill. Recycled poly lumber is easy to care for and easy to clean, keeping its new appearance year after year.

The unique screen bottom provides excellent drainage to keep seed dry and fresh, and the rust-resistant polyester powder-coat finish cleans up easily to promote healthy birds.

Made from 5/8" poly-lumber using recycled materials, this earth-friendly feeder helps keep plastic jugs out of landfills. Aluminum seed tray provides excellent drainage to keep seed dry. 

We also carry a wonderful line of fine seed feeders that are easy to clean and a joy to see our fine feathered friends enjoy. 

 

We carry a great selection of Squirrel Buster feeders as well. 

 

 

Great Blue Heron

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Ron Arvidson

 

Great Blue Heron    

The Great Blue Heron is one of our more common Island birds. They are a stately bird and present a fine gray-blue plumage with head and chest plumes. In flight, they curl their necks and let their legs trail behind.

 

Great Blue Heron

From one day to the next, you are apt to find one or two on most any beach. At other times you might find them on a freshwater pond or stream. On occasion, they congregate in large numbers on the beach, often in areas where there might be a run of one fish species or another.  However, they might eat almost anything that moves and have been known to consume gophers and young birds.

 

Great Blue Heron

Although Herons are migratory, they do not tend to go far in winter. They can migrate either singly or in small flocks. Normally they just go to where they can find open water and access to food.  Occasionally, you will find one here in winter that, for whatever reason, has decided not to go anywhere and is doing just fine in local, open water.

 

Great Blue Heron Group

Text and Photos by REArvidson

Ron Arvidson is an Artist and Teacher as well as an avid Birder.  Ron is also an Administrator for Birding on PEI and his photos may also be seen www.facebook.com/pages/Birding-on-PEI.

A Sucker for Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers

Posted on June 30, 2014 by Ron Arvidson

 

One of the birds I most look forward to in the spring is the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  For me, these are the clowns of the avian world.  They wear a garish make-up and a black and white clown suit.  Also, their call reminds me of some long lost kid’s or dog’s squeaky toy.  All in all, for me this is a bird I look forward to seeing again. 

Not everyone looks forward to having these birds around.  The Sapsucker obtains their food, the sap of trees, by drilling a series of holes around the trunk.  These holes also attract insects which are also a food source.  In creating these sap wells, there are times when they will kill the tree.  This is why people often do not like having them around.  On the other hand those wells of sap and the insects are often also a source of food for other birds, such as hummingbirds and warblers. 

 

Another aspect of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that fascinates me is their drumming.  In my yard, he ranges around his territory to find a spot that works best for him. This spring it has included a chimney, an old steel wheel, the barn next door and the guard-rail down on the road.  Again, not everyone appreciates their drumming either. 

 

Text and Photos by REArvidson

Ron Arvidson is an Artist and Teacher as well as an avid Birder.  Ron is also an Administrator for Birding on PEI.

The Gardens of Hope

Posted on April 30, 2014 by Bruce MacNaughton
 
Located in the heart of New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island, the Gardens of Hope are 12 acres of natural splendour shaped from the hills and shoreline along the River Clyde. The gardens contain an assortment of pathways, outlooks and structures designed to capture the Island’s natural artistry, serenity and glorious country views. This awe-inspiring setting provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals to reflect and rejuvenate their spirit and souls in an environment of natural harmony and tranquility.
 
Established in 2005, the Gardens of Hope is spread over 12 acres of awe-inspiring natural beauty, the likes of which New Glasgow is so well-known for. With the River Clyde serving as a scenic backdrop, the Gardens have some of nature’s most beautiful elements for visitors to enjoy and receive solace from. There are more than 400 different plants and flowers in the Gardens, making each month’s blooming something to look forward to as the colours come to life. In the orchard, apple blossoms and cherry blossoms offer a delicate sense of reflection, and the sea of blue irises by the riverbank can only be described as relaxing. A section called Eagle’s View is one of several seating areas in the Garden, and it is not uncommon for visitors to see an eagle or two taking flight. Besides eagles and Canada geese, the Gardens are home to many more birds. Visiting bird watchers have been known to have been pleasantly surprised by the wide variety they come across in the Gardens.
 
You are invited to visit this unique garden sanctuary, enjoy some of the most spectacular views on Prince Edward Island and let the sights and sounds of nature be sources of peace, refreshment and inspiration.
 
Within the Gardens of Hope, a Respite Cottage has been built as a place of rest for either individuals, families, or caregivers coping with serious life threatening illnesses. It is also made available to caregivers and those who are ministering to others who themselves are experiencing compassion fatigue. The Gardens of Hope Respite Cottage is available at no cost for those who find themselves in need.
 
 
 
If you are interested in being part of our volunteers, supporting our efforts financially, or learning more about Gardens of Hope, drop us an email at: info@gardensofhope.ca