The usual diversity of vendors and activities, offering all things related to the green thumb, have been arranged. And with all the hard work behind them putting together the Garden Fair this Saturday, the St. Marys Horticultural Society is on to its next big annual project: the St. Marys Garden Tour.
The Garden Fair runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at Milt Dunnell Field, with the Horticultural Society selling 13 different varieties of home-grown heritage tomato plants as part of its most important annual fundraiser.
The Garden Tour is scheduled for Sunday, July 14.
"Gardens are created in all shapes, sizes, colours and textures. Gardens can feature flowers or vegetables; and they can place a focus on water, the ornamental, the formal, the wild or anywhere in between!" enthuses a news release from the Horticultural Society about the annual Tour.
"And, for horticulturalists, any type garden is pleasant and relaxing to view.
Do you have or would you like to nominate a garden for this year’s Tour? The committee is searching for gardens willing to be shared with visitors. If you would like to submit a nomination, contact Liz Webley at 519-284-0529."
Meanwhile, Over 20 private gardens in Huron and Perth Counties will be open to the public this summer, starting June 1. The gardens will be open at various times throughout June, July and August.
Complete information of locations and times are included in a colourful brochure with map, available at local tourism offices, library branches. or from Horticultural Societies. The map is also posted on the Gardens of Huron Perth website at www.gardensofhuronperth.com.
“This is a rare opportunity to see over fences and hedges at gardens that are lovingly tended,” explained a news release about the project. “Some are located on the property of a business and visitors can enjoy both new ideas in landscaping and plant choices while taking advantage of the materials offered for sale.”
The non-profit group fashioned its idea after the Discover Rural Gardens of Grey Bruce Counties, and hosted a one-day garden tour last year to get a taste of what to expect. “It was a wonderful success and this spurred the group to move forward to a full season,” said the news release.
Some of the gardens featured are the private gardens of the Purple Rooster at R.R. 1, Gorrie, where you will see an eclectic mix of sun and shade, old and new shrubs and perennials. Nearby is Perennial Paradise at Gowanstown. They feature a pond, and arbours on half an acre. Riverbend Gardens and Nursery in the Wroxeter area features nearly 1,000 varieties of hostas. The Pergola Garden in Stratford and both the St. Marys Horticultural Society Garden and their Peace Garden are included.