Entrance Garden

Your tour of the gardens begins with the Entrance Garden. This is one of the more recent additions to the gardens, built in the 1960s to lead visitors from the entrance to the historic gardens.

The Entrance Garden introduces visitors to the native forest and displays a growing collection of woodland plants. When the snow finally melts in early May, the first plants to bloom are spring bulbs, such as daffodils, tulips and muscari. Then a collection of columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris, A. alpina, A. longissima, A. atrata) gradually fills the beds, perfect companions for hostas and ferns. Annuals provide colour in the late summer once the perennials are through blooming. As the pathway proceeds to the next garden, century old White spruce (Picea abies) and Larch (Larix laricina) tower over a carpet of Meadow horsetail (Equisetum pratense).