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A talk with Ian at Horling’s

Horling’s Garden Centre is located just outside of Lakefield on Lakefield Highway (formerly Hwy #28). They have been in business in the same location for 40+ years! I remember going there as a kid when it was a butcher shop! At the time they also sold a few plants, but the business is totally transformed now. They offer quality plants as well as full landscaping services. They have a large selection of trees and shrubs including many native plants. The Hydrangeas were blooming when we were there in late July! I visited with Ian Nichols, the greenhouse manager. We talked about Garden Route and their involvement in this cooperative group of garden-related businesses in the Peterborough area. In addition, Ian highlighted a new stonework service they are offering. It was a hot day! I hope you’ll tune in to watch us sweat!
Watch this episode of Garden Gate as we visit with Ian.

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Peonies and Delphinium, oh my!


Blossom Hill Nursery is a stunning garden just outside of Peterborough in Fowler’s Corners that even many locals don’t know about!

Filled with one of the largest collections of peonies and delphinium in Ontario, gardeners and photographers alike fall in love with this place as soon as they arrive. Joe and Hazel Cook have been members of Peterborough and Area Garden Route since its inception and are experts in their field presenting at many horticultural societies as well as Delphinium and Peony societies across North America.

Watch this episode of The Garden Gate where we visit the nursery to see the gorgeous delphinium blooms.

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Abba Dabba Do, Alakazam and Blueberry Muffin


Abba Dabba Do, Alakazam, Blueberry Muffin, Dance With Me, Holy Mouse Ears... these words don’t sound like they have anything in common... but they do!

In June I visited with Dawn Golloher of Gardens Plus just outside of Peterborough. Dawn is a Hosta fanatic! She has hundreds of varieties of hostas and ships them all over North America!

Hostas are great plants for the shade. They are very tough and fairly easy to grow. Many of the newer varieties have thicker leaves so slugs are generally not a problem. There are giant hostas as well as miniature hostas.

Tune into our Garden Gate episode to learn more!

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