" Let Us Introduce Ourselves "

"The Willow Garden" is located outside Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and is the home of   Sharon Bryson and the late Bill Wilgenhof. It is located on several acres of semi-woodland with an eclectic blend of bulbs, shrubs and herbaceous perennials. We are in hardiness zone 5b.
Bill had been growing Rhododendrons and Azaleas from seed for over twenty years. His aim was to produce more beautiful and hardier plants for our region. There are over 5000 seedlings ranging in age from a few years to over 25 years. Some of the fruits of this "labour of love" are included in the Rhododendron growing section.
A great many plants in our garden have been grown from seed. That "seedy" interest has led to seed collecting each year. We have also been involved in the ARHS Seed Exchange for a number of years, and have included an online version of that exchange.
The garden changes as the seasons unfold, as do the activities of 'The Gardeners'. We have tried to present the garden from a seasonal view. We welcome visitors from everywhere. If you are interested in a visit, simply contact us. We often recommend that people visit several times during the growing season; nothing is ever the same!
We look upon the development of our website as an additional way to share our love and knowledge of gardening. Along the way, we will try to introduce you to our plants, our gardening friends and various sources of inspiration. Many of the items are getting to be somewhat "historic", but occasional updates will happen along the way.

"The Willow Garden" has lost its namesake.

(Willow Garden in Dutch is Wilgenhof )

Bill passed away October 3, 2019


Here is an excerpt from the Nov 2019 ARHS Newsletter with some remembrances of Bill written by three ARHS members

Visit our BLOG - “Willow Garden Musings”, where you are welcome to comment and participate.

For a detailed sketch of our garden click on the link to a little article prepared for the
Atlantic Rhodo Oct'03 Newsletter called

  " Evolution of The Willow Garden"

'Walk Down the Garden Paths', click here Grab your umbrella for a
rainy day walk

Daylily Bill Wilgenhof
DAYLILY 'Bill Wilgenhof'
hybridized by Allan Banks
introduced 2019

We invite visitors to sign our Guestbook
2024 NSAGC Convention
click for info
"Back to our Roots"
Rodd Grand Yarmouth, NS


To view a variety of Garden Pictures from the last several years, visit our Photobucket Albums 


view from the 'hollow' - early July'03
This is a view of the back of our home from the a garden area we often refer to as the "hollow". There are many Rhododendron seedlings on trial here. There are also numerous tree species which have been grown from seed over the past several years.  Several Catalpa species are doing especially well.
Click to see changes through the seasons

A favourite "view" in early spring, many little bulbs in the front garden area

spring bulbs

Impatiens at front of house...evening 2003
The front door of our home overlooks several planting areas towards the 'Old Maryvale Road' where we live. The rather shaded area under the birches is home to many spring bulbs plus a small planting of small-leaf Rhodies. Summer color is added by planting Impatiens and Tuberous Begonias

2015 saw a first for us, a blooming Wisteria, 'Blue Moon'


Contact :
Sharon Bryson 
Maryvale, Antigonish Co.
Nova Scotia     B2G 2L1  CANADA




View Maryvale in a larger map

Here are several useful links
Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society
Tijs and Reini Huisman's Rhododendron Site
Tom Clothier's Germination Data
American Rhododendron Society
Atlantic Rhododendron & Horticultural Soc.
Baldwin's Nurseries, Falmouth, N.S.

Savvy Gardening

Woodlands and Meadows, Truro, N.S.
Ardness Gardens - Pictou Co., NS

Fraxinus Environmental & Geomatics






These pages are designed & maintained by
 Sharon Bryson
updated  January 4, 2024