The Dry Stone Walling Across Canada was at Canada Blooms again on March 9-13, 2005, participating during the actual show. This year John Shaw-Rimmington, Dean McLellan and members of the DSWAC were on hand to demonstrate 'Dryscaping', the art of building walls, arches and various garden features structurally, without manmade materials, cement or adhesives. Over the five day event we built a special dry stone feature with 3 arches and two niches, made from 17 tonnes of tumbled granite provided by Colonial Brick and Stone in Brunner, Ontario.
This year's theme was The Garden Party and the Dry Stone Walling Across Canada felt like honoured guests. It was a delight to build our arched 'Party Piece' before thousands of Blooms guests, and to give people a better understanding of dry stone walling techniques.
Thanks to DSWAC members Renee, Evelyn, Matthew, Rob, Mike, Carlan, Virginia, Wolfgang, Gord , Reid and Bob for coming to help us do such a great job this year.
Thanks too to the crew at Blooms, especially Charlie. Check out Matthew's story "DSWA of Canada Starts to Bloom" in the Articles page of this site.