A Country of Gardens

Members
of the Tweed and District Horticultural Society traveled across Canada at their
July meeting. The navigator of the excursion was Penny Stewart, District 3
Director for the Ontario Horticultural Society. Penny’s power point
presentation took members through many of the outstanding gardens in Canada.
First
stop on the trip was Vancouver Island with visits to the world famous Butchand Gardens
and Royal Road Hately
Estate Gardens
with its large collection of rhododendrons and azaleas.
VanDusen Garden in Vancouver
is located on property originally owned by BC Rail. The property was purchased
by a group of citizens to prevent the building of a housing development. This
is a teaching botanical garden with many ponds incorporated into the property.
Travelling
across the prairies to Ontario, the next stop
is the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.
It is the largest botanical garden in Canada and the Queen’s blessing
makes it “royal”! This garden houses a large number of native plants and a spectacular
dahlia collection.
Next
members stopped in Montreal
to visit the Montreal Botanical Gardens. This garden boasts the largest Bonsai
display in Canada.
Also in Quebec, Bleu Lavanda which is one of
the largest lavender farms in North America.
Redford Garden (Garden de Metis) is located in the Gaspe Bay
region of Quebec.
Once a quarry, the site is home to a woodland garden and a large peony display
garden.
Last
stop is in Nova Scotia at the historical
garden, Annapolis Royal. This cottage garden
has a typical building and vegetables that the settlers would have brought over
and planted many years ago.
After
all the travelling, members sat back and enjoyed cake and berries with ice
cream and strawberry punch!
COMING
UP
….
August
4…
Pot
Luck Dinner at Thomasburg Community Hall. Remember to bring your favourite pot
luck dish to share and your own utensils. 
START TIME…6 pm.
Kevin
Elchuk of Giboshihill Hosta in Cobourg will have a slide show on hostas. He
grows over 1300 different varieties and sells 250-350 different varieities. He
will have some hostas for sale.
August
16
….Clean-up
of flower beds in town.

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