Gardens Across Canada

Using a power point presentation, Penny Stewart took members of the Tweed and District Horticultural Society on a trip across Canada visiting various gardens throughout the country.  Penny also included the historical background of the gardens she visited. 

Penny Stewart is an avid photographer who has won many design and horticultural trophies throughout her 60 years of gardening. She played a key role in the development of a green garden in front of the Ministry of Environment office located in Kingston. 

The first garden on our tour was the famous Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. The gardens provide dramatic floral displays in a variety of garden settings. This garden which has been open to the public since 1904 has been designated as an historical site.

Next stop was the 650-acre Hatley Estate Gardens in Vancouver. This garden is a national historic site which houses hundreds of heritage trees that are known for their size, rarity and diversity. There is a 250-year old Douglas Fir that is among the largest in the area. The formal gardens include the Rose Garden, the Italian Garden and the Japanese Garden. Penny’s photos highlighted the  spectacular rhododendrons in bloom as well as the clematis. 

Nitobe Memorial Gardens are located on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Although small in size (2.5 acres), this Japanese garden is considered one of the top Japanese gardens outside Japan. The peaceful garden has rock gardens, canopy walks and a feeling of peacefulness prevails throughout the garden. And all the shrubs are hand pruned!

Dr Sun Yat Sen Garden is a walled garden located in Vancouver’s downtown area near Chinatown. It was the first Chinese garden built outside of Asia. Rock and stone material was imported from China.

VanDusen Botanical Garden is also located in  Vancouver. The gardens host a mixture of annuals and perennials in interesting colour combinations.  The gardens contain a variety of Japanese maples. 

Travelling east, the members headed to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, ON which are the largest botanical gardens in Canada. These gardens consist of formal and informal gardens, lilac displays, roses, hiking trails, interesting combinations of annuals and perennials planted together. Many pieces of “art in the garden” add interest to the gardens. 

The Thousand Island Rideau Canal Garden Tour is a self-directed garden tour of public and private gardens from mid-May to September. To check dates for the tour, refer to their website… .

Montreal Botanical Garden, located in downtown Montreal contains 200 thematic gardens, 10 greenhouses and more than 22,000 species of plants.  It has one of the largest bonsai displays outside of China. This display is moved into the greenhouse for the winter months. 

Jardin Daniel A. Seguin in Saint-Hyacinthe is just south of Montreal. It is a small garden (11 acres) that is recognized for its large collection of annual flowers. Trial gardens for new annuals are located here. As these are teaching gardens, all the plants are well labelled in the many thematic gardens. Hosta gardens are being developed.

Bleu Lavande is a lavender garden located in the Eastern Townships, south of Montreal. 

Jardin Botanique Roger-Van den Hende is a located on the outskirts of Quebec City. The gardens include an annual trail garden and stunning clematis displays. More than 4000 species of plants are arranged by botanical name. 

The Jardins de Metis/Redford Gardens, located in the Gaspe Bay area of Quebec are one of the most northern gardens in North America. Some 3000 species and varieties of plants are located in the fifteen gardens. Of particular interest is the famous Himalayan blue poppy that grows here. Lupins grow throughout the gardens. 

And finally, the most eastern garden on our tour-Annapolis Royal Historical Gardens located in Nova Scotia. These gardens contain formal Victorian gardens and a rose garden with thousands of colourful blossoms. 

Penny ended her travel presentation with a glimpse of her garden and as she said in conclusion, “wherever you go, there is no place like home!”

MARCH 5 MEETING @ 7 pm Tweed Public Library

Quinte Conservation Staff will outline the responsibilities involved in caring for shoreline property. Helpful tips in maintaining healthy shorelines and river/lake beds will be covered.

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