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melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


June 19, 2012
8:03 AM

Post #9171428

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom"...Marcel Proust

Carol Vanvelzer, known to us as 'Fancyvan' joined DG on Sept. 9, 2004.
She was known throughout DG for her wonderful shelties and her equally wonderful gardens.

Carol was a fixture for many years here at DG and made many close friends throughout the community. She was active in so many of our forums, but especially the Pets Forum and the Canadian Gardening Forum.
We all delighted in the antics of her beloved shelties and followed the stories of her foster dogs as she tirelessly worked to place them in loving forever homes.
Carol often said that her beloved Fancy was worse than a bunny rabbit and she had to fence off the vegetable garden to keep her from eating the young cabbages and peas.

Carol had some stunning gardens and often opened her home to other DG members for roundups. Her love of growing things shone throughout her property and many of us wished for the talent she had for stunning combinations of texture and color.

I located this image of her where she posted it in the Pets Forum several years ago.
It was taken on the Blessing of the Animals Day at her church in Calgary.
Her lovely smile and her beloved shelties are how I plan on remembering my friend.
She was a giving person and friend to all.

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 19, 2012
8:30 AM

Post #9171465

Thank you for posting this, Melody.
Carol was a gracious and loving lady. She spread her love around her Shelties, her gardens, and her community (Lougheed House where she did guided tours of this lovely Victorian house), and the Calgary Hort Society where she was a long time member.
She will be sorely missed by her friends, neighbours, and co-volunteers.
I had the good fortune to be at some of her Garden Parties, and to go to Lougheed House. Here is a picture of her and my Mom at Lougheed House's dining room. Carol is wearing a beautiful costume that she made.

Susan


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ves522

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

June 19, 2012
9:22 AM

Post #9171536

I didn't know Carol very well but knew her love for her Shelties and her kindness in taking in others and finding them good homes.

She was greatly loved by many here and she will be greatly missed

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

June 19, 2012
9:41 AM

Post #9171558

I knew Carol, only on DG. Circumstances prevented our meeting this coming Friday when I will be in Calgary, but I will remember my impression of her as a lovely, caring person. I really like the picture above with her Shelties. Thank you for sharing it.
NY2CA
Pasadena, CA
(Zone 9b)

June 19, 2012
9:44 AM

Post #9171559

I am very sad to hear this. Prayers for her family.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

June 19, 2012
9:46 AM

Post #9171561

My memories of Carol will ALWAYS make me smile ..
Happy and pain free now with her Fancy.

RIP Carol

Marilyn

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 19, 2012
10:51 AM

Post #9171620

From Lougheed House - the Head Gardener, gardening volunteers, and Blaine (Executive Director) will be joining this chat, and sharing memories. Carol worked at Lougheed House as a volunteer for many years in the role of Tour Guide.
Please welcome them when they arrive.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

June 19, 2012
10:57 AM

Post #9171626

I forgot to add one thing .. this years Peony, that bloomed yesterday .. in honour of Carol ..

~M~

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 19, 2012
11:12 AM

Post #9171642

Is that a Fern Leaf Peony? It's beautiful, whatever name is goes by...

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

June 19, 2012
12:11 PM

Post #9171714

Carol was a frequent visitor on our Canadian thread!!

We've all enjoyed her stories of her sheltie rescues, her sewing for fund raising purposes and knowledge of gardens...

We'll all sooo miss her!!!
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

June 19, 2012
12:18 PM

Post #9171722

I didn't know Carol well either...but she was a beautiful person. She will leave a big hole here in our hearts. Jo

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 19, 2012
12:36 PM

Post #9171737

i remember carol from the pet forum when i first joined dg. she had a huge heart for her beloved shelties and worked tirelessly at rescue...a loss for so many two-legged and four-legged friends.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


June 19, 2012
12:51 PM

Post #9171755

We welcome Lougheed House people and hope they will find comfort and joy in remembering Carol with us.
annabell52
Edmonton, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 19, 2012
2:36 PM

Post #9171856

Dear Carol
I treasured our friendship and visits, you were an inspiration to me with Gardening, kindness, giving and your strength.
It is through you that I now have a love of the Fern leaf Peony, the blue of Gentian and Semp's. You have given my daughter the gift of loving Shelties. She waited to see how many Shelties you now had as Furry friends and was tickled to be able to meet some of them.
How blessed I was to be able to tell you these things yesterday.
Rest now my friend and give Fancy a pat for me.
Alberta Ann

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 19, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9171874

Here's Carol and her prize winning peonies!

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elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

June 19, 2012
4:19 PM

Post #9171962

Thank you Melody. Love that photo of Carol.

I always enjoyed Carol's stories and picture of her shelties and rescues.

Rest in peace.

Loretta

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 19, 2012
5:11 PM

Post #9172015

Sorry to hear of her passing! Sending prayers for the family!
bseward
Kilmarnock, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2012
4:50 AM

Post #9172478

I truly enjoyed reading about her shelties and the many rescues. She was a fine lady who will be sorely missed. God bless her and may she rest in peace with our Lord.
okcrow
East Dover, VT
(Zone 4b)

June 20, 2012
7:59 AM

Post #9172707

I am quite new to Dave's Garden but want to express my condolences and say thank you to Carol for her thoughts and comments on the Peony Forum the past couple of years both about the flowers and her shelties. Thank you for inspiring my Peony adventures and for bringing happiness to others in many ways.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 20, 2012
8:16 AM

Post #9172735

Welcome bseward and okcrow. Thank you for your comments about Carol - she truly was an inspiration to many of us.
Based on her love of peonies, I'm going to get one - never grew one before, but she's inspired me.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


June 20, 2012
8:30 AM

Post #9172748

I'm not listing a specific vendor, but if you google 'purchase peony 'carol'...several vendors pop up and several of them are listed in the Garden Watchdog with favorable reviews.

Here's our PlantFiles page for it.
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/161970/

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 20, 2012
9:27 AM

Post #9172832

That is a beautiful peony - my favourite colour is red, so this suits me to a "t"
Thank you, Melody

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

June 20, 2012
12:27 PM

Post #9173068

Is that ever! I've been wanting a red peony. Have been thinking the time is coming to dig out and get rid of some of my older ones as I have very limited sunny spaces.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 20, 2012
1:16 PM

Post #9173138

I like that the name is Carol.
I have a red rose bush that just started producing last year.
When I visited Carol I brought her the first bloom this year from it. I'd named it Carol, in her honour.
One of the ladies from Sheltie Rescue visiting Carol told me it's name (begins with an H), but I didn't take note of it
(I was rather distracted at the time), but would like to know its Latin name.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 20, 2012
1:25 PM

Post #9173150

Here are three shots of the rose in question.
I know that Carol would know what it is...

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 20, 2012
3:51 PM

Post #9173332

I met Carol thru the Calgary Horticultural Society. Carol was the moderator for the Calgary Hort online forum, as well as a very dedicated volunteer for the society for many years. In addition to volunteering at the Hort Society, she also volunteered at the above mentioned Historical Site: Loughheed House. A great place to stroll thru the site gardens and also to have tea in the dining room.

Carol retired from the Alberta Children's Hospital quite a few years ago. In addition to gardening, she was very involved with the Sheltie Rescue program. A few years ago, she called me when I was on a out-of-town business trip. I ended up with a four legged passenger for the 3 hour ride home. I was happy to help out.

In early January, Carol always hosted a cookie exchange party. We would gather, eat cookies, have a few laughs and go home with many treats.

In 2007, Carol had decided to host a gathering at her house with a few people that posted a lot on the Calgary Hort forum. We called ourselves the "fooly" group since our 1st gathering at Carol's was on April Fools. This year Carol hosted and we had a great time. We enjoyed visiting each other's gardens and sharing our gardening passion. This was the year that Carol got a new Russian Olive tree (picture 1).

In 2008, Carol hosted the 1st Dave's Garden gathering. It was a great day and pleasure to meet other DG members from as far away as Edmonton. (picture 3) In 2009 we had another DG gathering (picture 4)

Carol loved her peonies as mentioned on other posts. She was a member of the Canadian Peony Society and volunteered at many events with that group. Her peonies are gorgeous. A few years ago, Carol had recruited a few of us to help out in her garden when she won a Garden Competition. I teased her that she had way more Veronica than Peonies, but that was end of July, so the peonies were just finishing. The year before, we were pruning some of her roses & shrubs. She wanted me to rip out her Mockorange since it had not really put on a show for a few years...she didn't want it to affect her competition the next year. I convinced her the whack it to the ground and we would look at it in early spring. It was gorgeous the year of the competition and has been since.

Carol enjoyed attending workshops too. About 5 years ago a group of us planted up a ball of hens & chicks. Carol's turned out the best and it looked great in her garden. ( picture 5).

Carol doesn't have any family near Calgary, but she sure has a lot of friends. Her health had taken a turn for the worse about 4 weeks ago. I think it surprised her as much as others. She had garden design changed planned, new plants (perennials & annuals) that needed to be planted and wanted some roses to be moved. That was 2 weeks ago and she went into the hospice a few days later.

Carol was a huge influence on me for gardening. We shared many tips and it was always fun to spend time with Carol. It was Carol that introduced Dave's Gardening to me. I will miss her dearly.

Joanne



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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 20, 2012
3:54 PM

Post #9173334

Here are a few more pictures of Carol. Picture 2 was taken April 1st, 2012

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 20, 2012
6:22 PM

Post #9173487

What wonderful memories, Joanne
I'd forgotten that 2009 was year of the hen & chicks balls. Good pictures of Abby & Fancy in front, too.
Carol still has a brother in Ontario doesn't she? I remember her going to visit him quite awhile ago.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

June 21, 2012
3:28 AM

Post #9173870

Wonderful Memorial Joanne .. my condolences to you on the loss of your friend.

Carol certainly was an industrious lady, always planting something, or planning on planting a new acquisition.
I loved the balls she hung from her outside trees at Xmas.
Am kicking myself for not asking her to make me "Memory Box", and not purchasing one her dog beds. Proves to me you shouldn't put things off.

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

June 21, 2012
3:31 AM

Post #9173874

Joanne,

Enjoyed reading about the history you and Carol had..great memories to hold on to.
Am sure it's a terrible loss to all of you in your area.

God Bless!
gabagoo
Yonkers, NY
(Zone 5b)

June 22, 2012
5:49 AM

Post #9175559

I foung the obit published today=

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/calgaryherald/obituary.aspx?n=carol-van-velzer&pid=158153835

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 22, 2012
6:17 AM

Post #9175579

Thank you so very much - Carol was a very gracious, and lovely lady, and will be sorely missed.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

June 22, 2012
10:26 AM

Post #9175901

Thank you, gabagoo for sharing the link ..

~M~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

June 22, 2012
10:30 AM

Post #9175903

Lovely write up, she will indeed be missed by many!

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