Garden tour starting small, but has broader ambitions

Written by  Wednesday, 11 July 2018 12:33
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Detail from the Meyer garden, one of 7 on the tour Detail from the Meyer garden, one of 7 on the tour

A tour of some of the most distinctive gardens in the southeast region of South Frontenac is taking place on Sunday, July 22, from 10:30am to 2:30pm.

Nona Marriotti, a garden lover and former chair of the board of Southern Frontenac Community Services (SFCS), came up with the idea for the tour because she loves gardens and knows that many of her neighbours in the Perth Road/Inverary vicinity are avid gardeners as well. She also wanted to plan an event that would benefit SFCS. She reached out to the local gardening community and as a result has come up with a seven-garden tour that includes locations in the Spooner Road area of North Kingston, as well as Inverary, Sunbury, Perth Road and a location in Sydenham. The Grace Centre in Sydenham will be open with a “Come and Go Tea” and refreshments from 11:30am to 1pm, and its community garden project will be available for viewing as well. However, the focus of the tour will be on some of the unique private gardens that will be open to the public for one day only.

These gardens are as individual as the people who built them and were all made to reflect and complement the features of the landscapes and the buildings on the properties,” said Nona of the seven locations.

“We will be letting people who decide to participate on the tour know the locations of the gardens when they purchase a ticket for the tour,” she added.

The gardens on the tour include a heritage orchard, perennial gardens with artistic touches and added features, flower and vegetable gardens integrated with the landscape, and more.

“This is a start,” said Nona. “I have a four-year plan to bring this tour to all corners of South Frontenac, but that was too much for the first year. There is a lot of variety in the properties and the gardens that are on the tour, and the gardeners who have been working on their own for years are excited to talk about what they have built, so it should be a lot of fun for everyone.”

Tickets are $10 and they are available at the following locations: Sydenham One Stop, Memory Lane Flowers, the Grace Centre, Lavalees Inverary Store, and Northway Home Hardware (Inverary). A limited number have been printed, so hurry over to get yours today.

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