A sculptured heron guards a grouping of pots, many of them made by local artist Tom Smith.Photos by Yvonne Duivenvoorden

?Plants with resilient, tough leaves can take a beating from the harsh winds and salt spray that we get,? says Deborah, adding that ?it?s not unusual to find tiny, shrimp-like crustaceans squirming about in this bed, and I often track them into the mud room. Very strange after gardening in Ontario for years!?

The Manitoulin Island stone, richly embedded with fossils, forms part of a low wall along the walkway to the main entrance. Rick designed and built an arbour on the northwest side of the house near a fine old crabapple, and set slate paths to the composters and the deck.

A sculptured heron guards a grouping of pots, many of them made by local artist Tom Smith.