Deanna Groves and John Reidi, owners of Quinte Botanical Gardens were the guest speakers at the March meeting of the Tweed and District Horticultural Society. Through a power point presentation, they shared the development of these gardens on their property north of Frankford on Glen Ross Road.
The gardens were developed on 6 acres of land that was part of their property. Presently there are 13 structures placed throughout the gardens, 23 benches and 3 water features. The gardens were designed by Deanna to focus on a theme for each garden…..Knot Garden, Oriental Garden, White Garden, Colour Wheel Garden, Edible Garden and Bird, Bee and Butterfly Garden.
The gardens will be opening May 31 this year and will be open from May to October six days a week (closed Wednesdays) from 9-5. The grounds are 100% accessible with seating throughout the gardens. There are washrooms available and restaurants are within a short drive. There is an admission fee of $10 and the tour is self guided.
There are always lots of events happening at the gardens according to Groves…..weekly presentations, teaching/fields trips, seniors programs, memorial plantings and trail gardens to try new seeds. A Tulip Festival is planned in the near future with 40,000 tulips.
Members could be heard discussing plans to visit to the Quinte Botanical Gardens when they open in May. As Groves stated, there is always something new blooming in the gardens…..so several visits just might be necessary!!!
April 3….Barry Matthie, owner, grower and breeder of Bonibrae Daylilies in Bloomfield will be speaking about daylilies. He enjoys breeding lilies with ruffles edges, gold edges, double edged and specific colour combinations.
April 13-15….Peterborough Garden Show at the Evinrude Centre, 911 Monaghan Road. Show hours are Friday April 13, 5 pm-9 pm, Saturday April 14, 10 am -5 pm and Sunday April 15, 10 am – 4 pm. Admission $8.00
GENERAL INTEREST EVENTS…
April 28….District 3 Spring AGM hosted by the Stirling Horticultural Club. Please register with our club if you re interested in attending,