At the end of the first week in June, Paul and I were able to sneak away for a quiet drive to Kiwi Gardens in Perth. Though it is only an hour away, this is the first time we had been there. I was on a quest for Persicaria Polymorpha, and their website had it listed…the only garden centre, it seemed, anywhere near Kingston that had this particular perennial available...but that is a post (or rant) for another day.
As we pulled into the parking lot, the gardens began, and I instantly regretted leaving the Canon at home. I said a small prayer to my husband's Blackberry and hoped it would do some justice in capturing what I was seeing. The garden centre is surrounded by lush forest, and overcast skies gave contrast to the vibrancy of the perennial beds, most designed with shade loving perennials and native shrubs…I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
|Parking lot border|
|A lesson in the effective use of ground covers, |
colour and composition.
|Beautiful flagstone pathways - |
hostas clearly thrive here
|The nursery - I was impressed with the staff as much as the gardens. |
Everyone was incredibly friendly and possessed a genuine, passionate
knowledge about the plants they sell.
|Pathways lead you through tantalizing display gardens, |
many perennials are identified along the way
for gardeners of all abilities.
|Beautiful artwork is displayed along the walkways.|
|Display bed - perennials are grown and propagated on site.|
Kiwi gardens is situated on ten acres near Perth, Ontario. The owners have been in business for twenty-five years and though I did not have the opportunity to meet them, their love of the plants and nature is evident in every beautiful nook and cranny. I look forward to visiting again this spring and perhaps wandering a little longer.
Theirs represents the dream of a life I hope to have someday, working and living amongst gardens, sustaining, nourishing and cherishing diversity. Kiwi Gardens offers a refuge for 3000 perennials, many unique and not easy to find on the tables of our mainstream garden centres. A plant list is available on their website, and I urge you to browse through it as we sit and wait, planning for spring. If you are lucky enough to visit and shop, I urge you to bring your camera and comfortable shoes for strolling the trails.
By the way, I did find my Persicaria, and purchased three healthy plants along with five Carex Rosea and a few more perennial treasures.
Wishing you lovely day!