Spectacular Gardens of Niagara
Thursday, June 19, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Public $140; Members $125
Join our well traveled garden instructor and horticulturist Frank Kershaw as he visits some of the most interesting and exciting gardens in the Niagara Peninsula.
The tour is centered on the historic communities of Grimsby, Beamsville, Vineland and St. Catharines.
The morning’s itinerary includes a stop at a newly redeveloped garden in Grimsby of an award-winning photographer and plant lover. This garden features extensive sun and shade beds and many rare plants including a Franklinia tree. Garden structures play a big role in establishing its character with a hundred- year plus Victorian conservatory and a newly installed colonnade/sitting area. We will also view some inspiring front yards in this area.
Later in the morning our tour moves north to the Lake Ontario shoreline of Beamsville where we have two planned stops. Both gardens are large and full of a broad diversity of roses, vines, tropicals and perennials. One of the gardens has a secluded Japanese courtyard garden and a deck projecting out over the shoreline.
Our final stop before lunch is a picturesque garden dissected by a creek side garden and viewing decks. At first glance, it creates the impression of a romantic sunken garden with elegant bridges, arbors etc. The properties swimming pool includes an inukshuk sculpture and Tiki bar. Hosta lovers will find this garden of particular interest with its large collections of these shade lovers.
Lunch today is at the Lakehouse Restaurant, which as the name implies fronts Lake Ontario. Noted for its fine food and warm hospitality guests will have their choice of chicken, pasta or fish for main course with salad appetizer and Tiramisu for dessert and tea/coffee.
After lunch, participants will get a chance to wet their whistle at the famous Tawse Winery in Vineland. Noted for its internationally acclaimed wines, gardens, and spectacular location on the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment, this stop is sure to please. Guests of the tour will be treated to a wine tasting and tour of the facilities and have a chance to see the sheep that graze in this winery.
Our next stop is a nearby private garden on the Niagara Escarpment that features bold foliage and tropical plants in abundance. An innovative pool system with multiple water falls and a glass cylinder that fish can ascend above pool level to retrieve food adds a unique sense of illusion. This same garden includes many unusual plants like the spiky Monkey Puzzle Tree.
Our final stop is a large estate garden to the east of Vineland in St. Catharines. This former farm has been the subject of major building restorations and it has a garden that any gardener would covet. There are rock garden terraces that overlook a pastoral valley, a large lily pool with water fall, a flower- covered entrance pergola and a diverse collection of Carolinian and unusual plants.
Join us for this fun filled, educational outing that is sure to leave memories
[PG14S01] Frank Kershaw
Thursday, July 10, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Public $130; Members $110
Join our well traveled garden instructor and horticulturist Frank Kershaw as he visits one of Canada’s great gardens. This 15-year-old Land O’ Lakes signature attraction, SpindleTree Gardens is a one-of-a-kind attraction in Tamworth, Ontario. It has earned accolades for its innovative design features and spell-binding mix of outstanding plantsmanship with garden architecture.
SpindleTree Gardens provides an increasingly rare outdoor experience: with 20 acres of formal, contemporary and natural gardens woven into an idyllic country setting.
Walk along meandering paths through this English park setting taking in masses of flowers that will delight the senses. Architectural features frame and embellish views of water falls, fountains, a maze, and a new Orangery. Also included is a locust allée, an amphitheatre and walled, terraced classical English kitchen garden and croquet court gardens.
Enjoy a light lunch or English cream tea in SpindleTree’s screened in Tea Room and consider the purchase of a souvenir, gardening or gift item in the gift shop.
The gardens at SpindleTree are full of ideas which can be interpreted in your own garden. They are handicapped – accessible throughout and benches are available in the gardens for rest, sketching or contemplation. A visit to the various gardens throughout the seasons will inspire hands-on and armchair gardeners alike.
Tom Brown, the creator of SpindleTree Gardens, leads tours on open days or visitors can proceed independently with the help of a Garden Tour guide map. Take a tour at www.spindletree.ca
Join us for this fun filled, educational outing that is sure to leave memories.
[PG14S02] Frank Kershaw