Manitoba Opera takes you on a video tour of three show-stopping gardens

Missing summer and gardening already? Get a final fix of those sunny days and warm temps with Manitoba Opera’s Opera in the Garden series – your private tour of three show-stopping Winnipeg properties topped off with performances by three talented Winnipeg singers.

Each 25-minute video will feature a walk about the garden with the property owner and plant enthusiast Colleen Zacharias, the Winnipeg Free Press gardening columnist who is a Certified Prairie Horticulturalist and Certified Master Gardener. Listen in as they chat about the plans and inspiration for the gardens, challenges and successes, and share gardening advice.

You’ll also be treated to performances of a selection of opera favourites and contemporary works by classically trained singers who have graced stages across North America. Enjoy the music of renowned composers like Giacomo Puccini and Stephen Sondheim in these idyllic settings. 

Episode 1: Armstrong’s Point 

Featuring soprano Lara Ciekiewicz, accompanied by Tadeusz Biernacki

Nestled in the historic Armstrong’s Point neighborhood, this lush smaller garden packs in a variety of colourful annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees and has had to adapt to a changing environment with the removal of beloved Elm trees in recent years. 

Episode 2: Assiniboine Landing

Featuring tenor James McLennan, accompanied by Tadeusz Biernacki

Overlooking the Assiniboine River just west of the city, this contemporary residence’s garden focal point is a pond complete with a bridge. With numerous seating areas to relax in sun or shade, there’s always a chance of spotting the visiting wildlife. The property fronts in this neighborhood also feature a wide of naturalized prairie plants’ boulevard.

Episode 3: McCreary Road

Featuring soprano Jessica Kos-Whicher, accompanied by Lisa Rumpel

An English garden with fountains, contemporary swimming pool, and country property all combine to provide a restful retreat just minutes from city shopping and the Fort Whyte Centre. The gardens feature a riot of colourful perennials and annuals, and an impressive banana tree that overwinters in the basement.

Tickets on sale now: $10 per episode or $25 for the three pak (all three episodes). 

To order call 204-944-8824 or go to mbopera.ca. Videos will be available for viewing beginning Saturday, October 3.