CHAIRS, ROCK SOLID COUCHES and benches bloomed at Art Knapp Plantland. I was at the South Surrey location looking for plants. But I found much more at the store chain formerly operated by Bill Vander Zalm who was also Premier of BC from 1986 to 1991. Vander Zalm came out of retirement recently to fight the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) in the Province. Some of his family still run the garden center filled with shrubbery, flowers and garden decor. There was lots to see and surprisingly many places to sit.
This pretty bench along a pathway caught my eye for its simplicity.
Lounging on this curved masterpiece would be fun, I thought, although getting up might be a challenge.
A chair made from wooden slats would feel much warmer than cement.
This painted beauty would brighten any garden.
A stool by a table would look nice on a grassy lawn or a patio.
The lone plastic chair at the garden center seemed humble amid the rest. It was the one I was most tempted to sit in. In fact, the selection was making me feel like the little girl in Goldilocks And The Three Bears. I was not sure what would be the right fit for me.
Perhaps this basic wooden bench would be the best place to sit.
This weighty chunk of genuine stone was a natural beauty.
These light metal chairs also looked welcoming.
A bit of weave in the design added charm to this pristine seat.
I almost missed seeing this bench camouflaged near the golf putting green.
There was billowing cloth covering some of the plant life and artifacts.
This seat was by at a huge cage filled with a variety of birds for viewing.
While chickens were kept inside the wire, this crowing rooster freely roamed.
He was completely calm and posed for several pictures ...
as squawking ducks, seemingly annoyed behind cages, looked on.
There was no end of plants or paths so people needed directions.
Some flowers were a burst of showy colors that drew me to them.
There was, of course, an array of perennials under the store's umbrella.
Part of the grounds were devoted to elaborate miniature trains chugging along to delight both kids and grownups.
I strayed into the evergreen section to discover this gorgeous life-sized statue. It would definitely be too large for my yard.
There were statues and decorative fountains to suit every taste. These metal mushrooms reminded me of umbrellas.
It's hard to believe I didn't purchase a single flower, ornament or chair when I was there last week. But I did walk away with a lot of pictures and the desire to come back to Art Knapp's to see what else I might find among the foliage.
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