A garden in full bloom

Published on Wed, May 8, 2013 by Brandy Kiger Shreve

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Bruce and Sandy Wolf have always had green thumbs.

But it’s taken 18 years of careful planting and cultivation in their Semiahmoo garden for it to reach its full splendor. “I can’t remember it ever looking this nice,” he said, despite the fact that their garden has won and placed three times in the Whatcom in Bloom contest.

Many of the varieties planted throughout their yard have been experiments, Sandy said. “We’ve tried new things every year,” she said. “I think it’s a reflection of having lived in Alaska. Once we moved here, and we could finally plant bulbs, we just went berserk.”

The one-third acre hillside lot faces Drayton Harbor and has been designed along the theme of destinations. “We wanted you to feel like you were going somewhere,” he said. The destinations along the winding stone path draw you into the heart of the garden and 
showcase the Wolfs’ attempts at a diversified Eden.

“I’m a farm boy and Sandy is a master gardener,” he said. “We’ve worked together to plan the majority of the garden. She takes care of the deck and I maintain the yard.”

Though the plot is large, Bruce said it’s a labor of love. “It’s therapy,” said Bruce. “If I’m feeling anxious, all I have to do is come out to the garden and work.”