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e tomiszer29-Oct-01 04:06 PM EST 5   
JoanneS29-Oct-01 04:41 PM EST 3a   
Susan29-Oct-01 06:29 PM EST 6a   
Linda29-Oct-01 10:42 PM EST   
Sue30-Oct-01 11:49 AM EST 6   
Susan30-Oct-01 12:05 PM EST 6a   
Chris B30-Oct-01 12:47 PM EST   
The Budding Poet31-Oct-01 02:49 AM EST 5a   
The gardener31-Oct-01 04:25 PM EST   
The Budding Poet01-Nov-01 01:09 AM EST 5a   
01-Nov-01 06:29 AM EST   
e tomiszer01-Nov-01 02:27 PM EST   
liz01-Nov-01 10:09 PM EST 5b   
Ellen C.03-Nov-01 03:34 PM EST 5b   
Allen11-Feb-07 08:33 PM EST 5a   
Rita17-Feb-07 03:37 PM EST 5b   
carolvan19-Feb-07 06:53 PM EST 3a   
hdonaldson@sympatico.ca22-Feb-07 12:07 PM EST 5b   


Subject: looking for gardens to visit
From: e tomiszer
Zone: 5
Date: 29-Oct-01 04:06 PM EST

Hello I am a gardener and also a tour coordinator for a travel agency. I have horticultural groups interested in tours for spring 2002. Does anyone have ideas on gardens/garden centres/educational gardens etc we could visit as a group? We'll consider anywhere in Ontario. I appreciate any suggestions.


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: JoanneS
Zone: 3a
Date: 29-Oct-01 04:41 PM EST

I've never seen it in the summer, but apparently the gardens of Casa Loma in Toronto are worth a look.


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 29-Oct-01 06:29 PM EST

The Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton is a standard 'must see' - depending on the time of year, there are various areas featured in particular e.g., the Lilac festival, the Iris festival, the Rose festival, etc., etc. You might want to time your tours to coincide with one or more of them. The lilac dell is amazing when it's in bloom (but the date of the festival is sometimes off to bloom time depending on whether spring is early or late....)

Their web site is at:

http://www.rbg.ca/

The 2002 festival dates aren't listed yet but you could contact them to find out....

In the Niagara area, the Butterfly Conservatory is a must as well. Dress in vivid colors to attract the butterflies to land on you... For information on horticulture related attractions in the Niagara Parks, go to:

http://www.niagaraparks.com/hort-idx.html


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: Linda
Zone:
Date: 29-Oct-01 10:42 PM EST

The Peace Gardens by Niagra are well worth a visit.

It might be worth checking out trial gardens at Stokes seeds.


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: Sue
Zone: 6
Date: 30-Oct-01 11:49 AM EST

Royal Botanical is the ultimate garden, for sure! Other kinds of garden/nurseries might be Ritcher's Herbs in Goodwood, Ontario - unbelievable selection of every herb in the world, I'm sure - they even had herbs/seeds taken up in the space shuttle, and right across the road is Goodwood Gardens - great place with amazing hibiscus selection. Just around the corner virtually is Mason Hogue nursery specializing in perenials, speciality ones too, and in xeriscaping. All have very knowledgable and very friendly staff and anything I have ever bought from them, has been terrific.


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 30-Oct-01 12:05 PM EST

Another place that might be interesting is Hortico in Waterdown - they are a big grower/nursery and have huge fields of roses. Connon Nursery, another big grower, is just down the road. Hortico has a web site at:

http://www.hortico.com/default.htm


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: Chris B
Zone:
Date: 30-Oct-01 12:47 PM EST

The botanical Gardens at niagara parks are the best. Their new herb garden is one of the better ones in the world.You should also visit Niagara on the lake, the hanging bakets in the main street are always gorgeous.Good luck. Chris


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: The Budding Poet
Zone: 5a
Date: 31-Oct-01 02:49 AM EST

Treat yourself to Larry Hodgson's new book "The Garden Lover's Guide to Canada".

It has all sorts practical touring info along with great commentaries on the gardens.

If you are near Ottawa, he will be speaking to OVRGS and the OBGS Nov. 17, 2:30pm Canadian Museum of Nature

Many of our garden clubs have enjoyed tours to the nearby Montreal Botanical Garden -one of the world's best.

We have several nurseries with exceptional display gardens; Gardens North....... Reilly's Country Garden......Center Commons Perennials to mention a few.

Consider the Ottawa Tulip Festival in May with the largest display of tulips in North America.

Consider Purdon Conservation Area near Perth in June for North Americas'largest concentration of the regal lady slipper orchids - breathtaking!


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: The gardener
Zone:
Date: 31-Oct-01 04:25 PM EST

I did not know that this site was for advertisement. I expected different from Larry Hodgins.


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: The Budding Poet
Zone: 5a
Date: 01-Nov-01 01:09 AM EST

Thanks for the complement but as you should well know, I am no Larry Hodgson. Click his name in "SEARCH" for some of his many articles.

His delightful book will be a great benefit to the growing numbers of Canadian travelers who are thrilled with visiting gorgeous gardens.

As Canadian gardeners we are all indebted to the hardworking gang at the Ottawa Botanical Garden Society that is striving to establish a world class botanical garden here in the nation's capital. With OVRGS and the Museum, they are bringing Larry in from Quebec city for the talk Nov. 17.

If you get your knickers untied by then, do treat yourself.


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From:
Zone:
Date: 01-Nov-01 06:29 AM EST

Adcock's Gardens on St. Joseph Island, east of Sault Ste. Marie is an incredible place constructed mainly by two retirees. There is a website for it . It is definitely a must - see.


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: e tomiszer
Zone:
Date: 01-Nov-01 02:27 PM EST

Thanks to all!!! Great suggestions to research. Has anyone been to the Canadian Heritage Garden, Ottawa? What about Humber Nurseries and Butterfly Conservatory? Any comments? Thanks again


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: liz
Zone: 5b
Date: 01-Nov-01 10:09 PM EST

Are you interested in touring private gardens? I know of a most fabulous garden (on 2 lots) in Wasaga Beach. I was so amazed that I almost took a whole roll of pictures(with the owner showing me around). I don't know if she would like to do that but I thought I'd ask you.


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: Ellen C.
Zone: 5b
Date: 03-Nov-01 03:34 PM EST

Humber Nursery is an amazing place to shop for plants, trees, and furniture. You need at least 3 hours to check out everything if you're an avid gardener that is. The plants are categorized by their Latin Botanical name. The Butterfly Conservatory is nice too but not too big though.

The Civic Garden Centre has their annual private garden tours. It usually happens in June. You get to see amazing gardens. They also provide shuttle buses between homes.


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: Allen
Zone: 5a
Date: 11-Feb-07 08:33 PM EST

I am hosting a tour this spring with the Trillium Miata club (Sports car club. All of us on this tour are gardeners or wanabies. We want to go on April 29th, 2007 to see tulips at anyones private gardens as a drive by or even if they invite us in. We are all a bunch of nice people that appricate the work that goes into gardening and would love to see other peoples work. Anyone out there that can help with ideas or locations to find tulips I would love to here from you. They should be in Halton, Toronto West, Wentworth, HAmilton area, Guelph or Cambridge and in between. thanks,

Allen


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: Rita (rbratley@hotmail.com)
Zone: 5b
Date: 17-Feb-07 03:37 PM EST

If you should find yourself in the Niagara area and love roses Palatine Roses is a must.Eva and Rene Schmitz grow some of the finest. They can be reached at www.palantineroses.com


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: carolvan
Zone: 3a
Date: 19-Feb-07 06:53 PM EST

I have never seen it and dont now if it is open to the pblic: Larkwhistle: the garden of Patrick Lima and John Scanlan on the Bruce Peninsula.


Subject: RE: looking for gardens to visit
From: hdonaldson@sympatico.ca
Zone: 5b
Date: 22-Feb-07 12:07 PM EST

If you're looking for a garden in Oakville, you're welcome to visit mine. It's a white flowering garden - featured in the fall 2006 Gardeniong Life magazine as one of Canada's ten favourite gardens. Perhaps you'd like to stay a while. I have a B&B and if you visit my site you can see pictures of both the garden and the B&B. It's bbcanada.com/melfortcottage


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