The Garden Trail Selection Committee for the 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal is looking to include more gardens in its nationally recognized garden trail. Building on its Canada 150 Garden Experience recognition, the Committee is looking to expand its existing fourteen gardens throughout Leeds Grenville.
“The gardens that are currently on the trail have been chosen for their beauty, uniqueness and great design”, says Laurie Wight, Chair of the Garden Trail Selection Committee. “Our goal is to educate visitors and leaving them wanting to see more in the region.”
The Garden trail members enjoy meeting and exchanging garden ideas with visitors from across North America and beyond. The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Economic Development Office works with the trail members in promoting the experience. “Gardens are considered to be either key motivators for travelling, and enhancements for a destination”, says Ann Weir, Economic Development Manager. “Visitors typically go for a meal afterwards or do some shopping bringing new revenues into the region.“
A mix of private, public and garden centre displays are part of the Garden Trail. These include Machal Gardens, Spencerville; A Labour of Love, Oxford Station; and Rideau Woodland Ramble, North Grenville.
A brochure and map with details on the 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail can be found at www.gardentrail.1000islandsandrideaucanal.com. Gardens interested in participating in next year’s trail can check-out the trail’s criteria online or contact Laurie Wight at 613-923-5799 or email lauriewight[email protected].