Next Meeting - Thursday, October 12, 2017
by Leaside Garden Society
Join us at our next meeting on Thursday, October 12, 2017 when Darren Heimbecker will speak about Smaller Trees and Shrubs and New Developments at Whistling Gardens.
In August 2016, Sonia Day wrote an article in the Star about our October speaker and his horticultural vision. “My neighbours think I’m mad,” says Darren Heimbecker. ‘They’re probably right’, Sonia wrote, for ‘who else but a madman would decide to build a botanical garden — complete with a recreation of the famous fountains at Versailles, France — smack in the middle of Ontario farm country? Yet that’s exactly what this former garden centre employee and part-time musician is doing at Whistling Gardens near Brantford.’
Sonia continued: ‘Obsessed by plants since the age of 2 (“I was influenced by my gardener grandparents”) he saved while working at the garden centre to buy an old farm. And in a few short years, with incredible energy and speed, he has transformed this property to include: Nearly a thousand different varieties of peonies; the largest collection of evergreens in the world; and a rock garden full of Opuntias (the northern cactus that thrives in Canada), unusual lilies and many other offbeat plants, shrubs and trees, some of which are now endangered in Ontario.’
Darren and his garden have won all kinds of awards, including being recognized in 2017 by Garden Making Magazine as 1 of 20 Canadians Shaping Our Future Gardens and being recognized as a 2017 Canada 150 Garden Experience Designation by the North American Garden Tourism Conference (www.whistlinggardens.ca).
Come and join us at the Leaside Library, 165 McRae Drive, on the evening of Thursday, October 12, 2017. Refreshments are available prior to the meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m.