A gift for the eyes: garden tour features two local sites



Kate Aley

Butterflies, birds and bee balm... on August 5th and 6th, six remarkable gardens across this region will be on show at the Gardens and Gifts Tour. According to publicity, the event is "a self-guided garden tour featuring country gardens in West Quebec’s beautiful Pontiac region".

With a focus on organically grown and native plants, the route is designed to allow visitors a unique glimpse of natural, gentle gardening methods at work in the wide range of conditions the Ottawa Valley contains. Tour-goers also have the chance to purchase nursery stock and seeds at some of the gardens. Art, crafts, books and cards by local creators are also for sale at each of the sites. 

The easternmost garden is at Lavender Ridge (1983, Rte. 148, Luskville). The Pontiac’s first commercial winery, the farm features acres of vineyards as well as vegetable, herb and perennial beds. The boutique and patio will be open for shopping, refreshments and wine tastings

The gardens at Spiritwood (4316 ch. Steele, Quyon) have been created, tended and added to since 1989. The farm showcases full-sun and shade perennial flower beds, apple orchards and a naturalized pond. Works by various local artists will be on display and available for purchase. 

The other four gardens are in Norway Bay, Bristol, Clarendon and Greermount.

The entrance fee to the Gardens and Gifts Tour is a voluntary donation to the Canadian Wildlife Federation. The tour can be started at any of the gardens. The gardens are open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

For further information, a detailed description of the gardens and driving instructions, go to gardensandgifts.blog​spot.ca