Alberta Avenue, known for arts and revitalization, also has beautiful yards and gardens. Follow along on a tour of this charming neighbourhood.
9210 – 118 Avenue: Begin at Alberta Avenue Community League, a hub of community events.
117 Ave 96 Street: Third from the end of the block is this gorgeous house and yard.
At the corner of 117 Ave and 96 Street is the 1927-built clinker brick Rutherford residence.
11638 – 96 Street: Owners Loralea and Gary are part of Edmonton Horticultural Society and on the Yards in Bloom judging committee. Highlights of the 1910 house include a stunning front yard and a sour cherry tree and John Cabot climbing roses in the back yard.
11635 – 95a street: Shelaine Sparrow saved this 1912-built home from being condemned. She renovated it and installed a spiral garden in her front yard. She also participated in Animate the Avenue Alleys, so check the alley.
11545 – 95a Street: Owned by artists Stuart Ballah and Ritchie Velthuis, Ballah’s family built the house in 1909. Ballah and Velthuis began transforming the yard 20 years ago when a juniper tree died. Look for the bust of Queen Elizabeth.
115 Ave 95a street: Stop to see the alley art painted on a garage, completed during Animate the Avenue Alleys.
11530 – 95a street: The Haight/McTaggart residence is a heritage home. John Lawson Haight and Kate Laycock owned the home until 1925. Then, the McTaggarts owned the home for 52 years.
11608 – 92 street: Owners Andrea and Brent Ruelling transformed the front yard over several years. Last year, Brent built two self-watering raised garden beds. They also practice companion gardening and lasagna gardening.
Next to the Ruelling home is a stately old home with beautiful flowers. (Since this photo was taken, this house has gotten a beautiful new paint job).
All photos credited to Talea Medynski