Annual garden tour showcases King’s well kept splendours

June 25, 2013   ·   0 Comments

By Mark Pavilons

Undisturbed in several private oases, participants in the annual Schomberg Horticultural Society’s Garden Tour Sunday were treated to hidden gems.
The threat of rain didn’t dampen the spirits of visitors, who flocked to eight properties spread across King Township and New Tecumseth.
Schomberg hosted four of the gardens this year.
On Western Avenue, visitor were treated to a breathtaking shade garden, complete with a stately chestnut tree, several maple trees and an apple tree. Most notable are the collection of clematis, varieties of coral belles, salomon seal, forget-me-nots and astilbe just to name a view. To add to the charm of this whimsical place is an array of gardening tools on the barn, coloured bird houses and a collection of pots and tubs on the fence.
On Church Street, the front garden with its moss-covered flagstone path is the showpiece of this historic home. Among the vine-covered gardens are lupines, cone flowers, a butterfly bush, yarrow flowers, astilbe, an upright euonymus and a stately climbing hydrangea. An arbour made out of barn wood is covered with clematis and a climbing rose. It leads into the back yard that boasts a vegetable and rock garden. The main attractions are a Japanese maple and huge herbaceous peonies.
The “in-town garden” on Moore Park Drive features a huge pyramidal English oak and majestic blue spruce trees. The path to the back yard is lined with coral belles, variegated iris, hostas and ostrich ferns. A purple clematis welcomes guests at the gate to the back yard and a vegetable garden along the south side of the house boasts tomatoes, beets, cucumbers and numerous herbs. A columnar oak, a mulberry tree and a black lace elderberry bush are found in the cozy backyard.
A stately black lace elderberry bush and variegated irises greet guests at a home on Doctor Jones Drive.
The back garden is terraced with an extensive collection of different and interesting plants and trees. Most notable include a magnolia tree, a pink tamarix, emerald honey suckle, Korean lilac, corkscrew hazel and fountain cherry tree. Lovingly planted in boots, pots and bags are herbs, flowers and hens and chicks. The centerpiece in the lower part of this garden is a tiered triangular herb and vegetable box.
Two properties on the tour are located just north of Highway 9 in New Tecumseth.
On the 20th Sideroad, the home showcases 10 different varieties of magnolia trees, among them a tripetula magnolia. The centerpiece of the front garden is a babbling rock surrounded by perennials. The main garden boasts an assortment of perennials. Among them are blue belles, a William Daffin explorer rose, black lace elderberry bush, a pussy willow and a majestic cork screw hazel. Other feature bushes are a bloomerang lilac, phlox, day lilies, a very interesting gas plant, cone flowers and shasta daisies. The walkways are lined with fragrant thyme. A memorial garden in the back invites guests to reflect on their blessings.
On the 2nd Line, a long winding driveway leads to the stately farmhouse perched on a bit of an elevation, surrounded by huge maple trees. One is greeted by a flock of chickens and friendly dogs; in the pens are a variety of other farm animals. Within a white picket fence there are garden rooms and spectacular water features. The walkway leads to a sitting area with a stunning stone fireplace. Feature plants include bridal wreath spiraea, lilacs, ferns and hostas.
On the 18th Sideroad south of Schomberg, a long winding drive leads along a planting of specialty trees. Coming up to the house, one is greeted by a weeping cherry tree and climbing hydrangea.
A stately Japanese maple is the focal point in the front gardens. A pond with interesting water plantings welcomes visitors on the west side of the house. Steps lead up to the swimming pool and an array of plantings. There is an impressive vegetable garden on the west side of the property planted with potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, cantaloupes, herbs etc.
On the 17th Sideroad, west of Highway 27, this garden is nestled among a mature sugar maple forest with an active maple syrup production. The visitor is greeted by a planting of jack in the pulpit, salomon seal and hostas. Centre stage takes a cascading waterfall that winds its way from the terrace down to the bottom of the property.
Along its banks are lilies, hostas, phlox, varieties of ferns and many aquatic plants. A lot of work goes into cultivating three lotus varieties. Most notable is also the extensive collection of artwork throughout the garden. A cozy gazebo invites you to stay for a while.



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