GPOD on the Highway: Gardens Round Niagara

Comfortable Friday, GPODers!

Final summer time I went on a bucket-list journey, taking my camper van from my residence state of Connecticut throughout Canada to Vancouver Island, and again throughout the US. It was a wild experience that exceeded all of my expectations, and I captured some wonderful gardens and flowers alongside the best way.

As we speak I’m sharing a deal with from the very starting of my journey—gardens in and round Niagara Falls, Ontario. Throughout from the roaring falls is Oakes Backyard Theatre, which serves as the doorway to Queen Victoria Park, and the tranquility you’ll discover there’s unbelievable contemplating the large crowds jostling for pictures simply steps away.

Sadly, I didn’t have time to get pleasure from all that Queen Victoria Park needed to provide, however I did make one other cease close by that had extra plantings value sharing.

formal garden beds with red flowers and traditional hedging

While you method Oakes Backyard Theatre, you suppose you’re getting into the grounds of an eclectic personal property, and the hustle and bustle of the vacationer points of interest that encompass the falls rapidly slips away.

It creates a really surreal form of expertise. I couldn’t assist considering that among the plant selections additionally added to this “the place the heck am I?” feeling. You don’t typically see castor bean (Ricinus communis, Zones 11th of September or as an annual) grown in public gardens due to the toxicity of their seeds. I think about these get changed lengthy earlier than they go to seed, however an attention grabbing gamble none the much less!

long border of plants at oakes garden theatre

However the vegetation aren’t the one components that strike you—although this lengthy border of elephant’s ear (Colocasia esculenta, Zones 8–10 or as a young bulb) with purple begonias is massively spectacular—the structure provides the phantasm that this backyard was teleported from one other period.

To offer some perspective on simply how shut this backyard is to the falls… You possibly can nonetheless see the mist! This was an exquisite Saturday morning in July, so the crowds have been ample. After preventing by way of the crowds, these gardens have been a much-needed sanctuary of peace and quiet.

stone and gravel path cutting through various trees and shrubs

Formal backyard beds not your cup of tea? You possibly can discover by way of the extra naturalistic plantings on show. Not a lot was blooming on this space, however loads of beautiful foliage from all types of shrubs and bushes.

shaded garden pond surrounded by trees

And even shaded backyard ponds! If Niagara Falls wasn’t sufficient water for you in sooner or later, benefit from the cool shade and sit by a pond a lot much less exhilarating and much more enjoyable.

niagara falls with formal hedging in the foreground

Although formal gardens aren’t typically my favourite designs, these uniquely-shaped hedges have been a spotlight of this go to. The swirling, wave shapes have been a fantastic illustration of the falls, casting up their mist within the background, whereas nonetheless sustaining a really subtle look.

rows of pleached trees

Yet one more surprising backyard characteristic, these meticulously pleached bushes. Pleaching (the structural coaching of any bushes by manipulating branches) requires severe planning, spiritual pruning, and many time. One thing you’d count on to see on the Gardens of Versailles, not at a public park throughout the road from Niagara Falls.

two large Alaskan cedars

OK, OK – my final picture of inexperienced. However I simply needed to share these towering Alaskan cedars (Cupressus nootkatensis, Zones 4–8). This backyard was filled with gems for any woody-plant lover.

three container plantings with bright green foliage and hot pink flowers

When you’ve made it this far, your reward are these colourful preparations I noticed once I made the 30 minute drive from Niagara Falls to Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. When you’re trying to escape all of the lights and sounds of Niagara Falls, this quaint city on the shores of Lake Ontario is a must-visit. Common GPOD contributor Cherry Ong shared some beautiful pictures of the container shows on Queen Road a pair summers again (GPOD on the Highway: Niagara-on-the-Lake) and seeing every little thing in particular person didn’t disappoint.

Lastly, a stunning backyard mattress with loads of room to take a seat and admire this unbelievable cornucopia of colour.

Thanks for becoming a member of me on this look again at an exquisite reminiscence. Extra gardens, tales, and pictures from this journey to come back. And let me know for those who plan on touring to any gardens this summer time!


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