President’s Choice Show Garden

This garden is divided into two sections, North and South Show, separated by a hedge of Carpinus betulus (hornbeam).

The South Show is planted with evergreens, small trees and shrubs producing a colourful display of berries and fruit in the winter months.

Miniature, dwarf and slow-growing evergreens and conifers demonstrate plants suitable for a small urban garden.  Growth rates can vary from less than 2.5 centimetres a year for a miniature to up to 15 centimetres for a dwarf conifer.  These plants add structure to a garden and provide year-round interest with their unique shapes, winter foliage, cones and fragrance.  The shape or form of a conifer can be globose (round or spherical), prostrate (lying flat on the ground) or semi-prostrate, pyramidal (broad at the base and tapering to a point) or columnar (column-shaped).  Many conifers provide food and shelter for small animals and birds.

Spring, summer and fall- flowering bulbs are planted in the evergreen garden area.  A collection of low-growing, spreading sedums was planted around the conifers to demonstrate low-maintenance groundcovers that, once established, require minimal care or watering.

The North Show, also referred to as the Trial Garden, is made up of a series of small beds dedicated to plant trials.  Wholesale plant growers and nurseries are welcome to showcase new introductions of plant material including annuals, perennials, vines, roses and shrubs.

The North Show is also used to exhibit a number of varieties of a particular species of plant in any given year.  In the past, we have showcased heirloom tomatoes, sunflowers and dahlias.  Recently we have also included plants suitable for containers.