About

Hi there! I’m Vanessa, the Shade Gardener. I live in a tiny little house in Ontario with my 2 grown boys, 2 dogs and a cat, where I do my best to grow plants in a heavily shaded yard and soil like cement.

I am passionate about my family, my pets, MCM furniture and cheese. When I’m not in the garden I do a bit of crafting and sewing but mostly I build topiary animals from chicken wire for fun.

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Meet Fred the Turtle!

Fred is my first topiary creation and family mascot. To see more projects like Fred, just sign up for my weekly newsletter and you’ll never miss a project!

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