The Chaput Garden High River Garden Tour 2021

From the time I arrived at this garden, I knew I was in for a treat. This garden is full of special touches that reflect Barb Chaput's unique character. It quickly became apparent that she was a world traveller, an artist and that she had a fantastic imagination. I was looking forward to meeting her.

Art in the garden

by Barb Chaput

"My garden is like art to me. I love the beautiful greens in the cool shade and dappled sunlight. It is a pleasant place to just sit, relax and enjoy its whimsical and serene nature. This year my garden has a black and white section (even the flowers are black or white), making a very different serene effect against the rest of the garden which is very colourful and Picasso-like. This bright part is different and has unusual items and my artworks waiting to be discovered."

When I arrived at this garden one of the first things I saw was this vibrant green wicker buggy, I knew the fun was just beginning.

The Front Entry

The front door was so welcoming - it transported you into your imagination. I would have enjoyed sitting in the cool shade but I had a job to do and so I headed around back...

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Before getting there I came upon this whimsical giant tube of marigold paint - anyone who would go to these lengths... well, they just had to be interesting indeed.

Do you have on of those yards with a narrow walk to your back garden? Wondering what to do in that shady area where nothing grows? Just turn your fence into an outdoor gallery!

The Fence Gallery

Garden Spindles

But one of the most interesting features that Barb has created is her painted spindles. What do you do with a bunch of spindles you've been given? Why you use them as canvases to create or recreate art for your garden of course, I don't know why I didn't think of that!

When mixed and mingled with the other garden features the spindles provide novel points of interest.


Barb's garden is certainly not traditional. While there are perennials it is mostly populated with pots, pots and more pots and colour.

Barb has a colourful palette

It transports you to places far away.

Pots aplenty!

The delphiniums were lovely and so welcoming to the birds.

Garden Views

You can spend a lot of time enjoying all the special places Barb has created in her garden. I enjoyed this view from her deck and could imagine visiting with friends here.

Or her fresh cut flower stand.

You wouldn't want to miss one of her many places to sit and smell the flowers like the black and white section with the "Dog Gone Book Nook". Inspiration can come from the darnest places and this one was rather cute. When the Chaput's took ownership of the property there was a dog kennel on this spot. Barb and her husband had no need of a kennel and since the dog was gone the space became a book nook - hence the "Dog Gone Book Nook".

Or any other of the many special touches that are in the garden.

Special Touches

I'm not sure if I've ever seen so many "special touches" in a garden. It has inspired me to share more of the things I love in my garden.

In visiting with Barb she told me she didn't mind a weed here or there as she preferred the green and it reminded me of wildflowers (which I love) and that so many of those plants would be considered weeds if caught growing in a formal garden.

"A good garden may have some weeds." –Thomas Fuller

Ta for now!

Created By
Cathy Bennington


C.J. Bennington Fine Art Photography