As the rains of spring give way to the welcome warmth of summer, there is a beautiful phenomenon that takes hold of South Eastern Ontario. There is an overall sense of joy, as countless people open up their sheds, roll up their sleeves and tend their beloved gardens for another season.
One might say that here in The Great Waterway our thumbs are a distinct shade of green. Perhaps it’s because, after a long grey winter, there is a positive and instinctive connection we feel when tending to the precious things that grow. After all, gardening has been hardwired into our species’ genetic memory for several millennia.
Whether you fancy yourself a beginner or a seasoned backyard farmer, here is a list of local greenhouses that can get you started on anything from growing petunias to pumpkins and beyond.
Kemptville, Cornwall & the Counties
● Pioneer Nursery (visit)
Perth, Rideau Heritage Route
● Hillside Gardens (visit)
Brockville & 1000 Islands
● Green Things Gardens & Gifts (visit)
Gananoque & 1000 Islands
● Forman Farms (visit)
Odessa, Kingston & 1000 Islands
● Burt’s Greenhouse (visit)
Sydenham, Land O Lakes
● Silverbrooke Garden Center (visit)
● Farmgate Gardens (visit)
Prince Edward County
● Lockyer’s Country Gardens (visit)