Open Garden Tour of Two Gardens – May 14, 2016

Please note: These gardens are only open to CVHS members and their guests. If you would like to become a member, please follow the link to our Membership Information page here.

Open Garden hosted by: June & Gord Farquhar
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

When June and Gord viewed their current property thirty-seven years ago, they knew right away it was the place for them. All it had was an ugly mobile home, an unfinished workshop, and a grassy area. Their dream was to build their own house, and put in a garden. Since June worked at Farquharson Farms, she had great exposure to a wide range of plants.

Luckily, June and Gord’s property has a good supply of water, and with the surrounding woods it is sheltered from weather extremes. Who says Merville is in a “cold belt”? There is a ten foot tall windmill palm on their property! The original soil was very rocky but copious amounts of compost has been added over the years and the rocks removed so things are growing well. Those rocks have made great edges for the garden beds.

June and Gord’s garden consists of large rhodos, shrubs, fruit trees, and a fenced vegetable area. They have had to co-exist with the deer and the occasional bear. The stick ‘teepees’ around some small plants are from last spring, when they got their newest dog. However, he has not mastered his garden manners quite yet!

June and Gord’s latest project was to have a large pond installed last fall. So named ‘Farquhar’s Brook’, they have begun to plant around it. Next, there is a gazebo in the plans! June thinks this will round out their garden quite well. About half of their 3.5 acre property is still a natural woodland.

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Open Garden hosted by: Leslie & John Cox
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“Growing Concern Cottage Garden” – Home of the Duchess of Dirt & Duke of Compost

This diminutive third of an acre, nestled in the heart of rural Black Creek, began a make-over in 1999 when both Leslie and John were presented with an unexpected career change. Four teenagers meant growing food was necessary, so they embarked on expanding their production and set up a table at the local Farmer’s Market. Growing Concern Cottage Garden was born.

That was also the year when Leslie finally got her herb garden. John was enchanted. Ornamental plants and garden design became a passion. Every year, more lawn in the backyard was taken over by mounds of soil, and planted with a variety of perennial Leslie grew from seed. Plant sales were a special treat for the treasures they would often offer up – at prices in keeping with the new budget.

Once the backyard was up to snuff, Leslie announced the front yard needed a make-over. It was to be her garden. There could not be two captains on the ship, and John already had the back garden.

Growing Concern Cottage Garden has evolved to become an intensely planted landscape – filled with an eclectic assimilation of horticultural materials, numbering over 1500, which create waves of altering delights throughout the growing season. Almost no two weeks are the same.

All CVHS members should have received an email notice on May 10th, 2016, noting the address and directions to these two Open Gardens. If you need further information for this tour, please contact the Coordinator: on our Contact Us page.