I have always been an avid gardener. The garden beds on our land were completed before my house was finished.

 

We built our house in late 1992, and I had a long garden bed in and planted before we broke ground. I have always loved daffodils and naturalizing them around the property, like my parents had, seemed a must. So those sprays of Yellow and White dot the landscape with promise and cheerfulness.

 

Then came the peonies! My love affair with tulips had a set back thanks to the deer roaming the area. In fact there was so much damage it changed what I planted out and not in as pleasing a way. But as our lives changed, so did the garden. I stopped showing and breeding Smooth Fox Terriers, and needed a new outlet. Back to gardening in ernest!

Since fresh flowers in the house was almost a religion, I decided to start my own cutting garden. With my husband’s help I built a good sized raised bed anchored around the outside with granite boulders, and planted mostly dahlias, my first ones.

The Cutting Garden with Dahlia babies sprouting!

The Cutting Garden with Dahlia babies sprouting!

During the summer of 2014 was when I began researching ‘Growing Cut Flowers” as a business thanks to a book By Lynn Byczynski. I did quite a bit of reading and research, and started small in 2015, but…I have grown each year (mostly by my choice) because I was sure the following year would be even better. I continue to read and research since there is always something new that can help you in some way. I also took the Floret On-line Course last Winter, and it caused me to re-think what I was doing and the way I was doing it. Change is always healthy, as long as you can make it work. I honestly love what I am doing right now, and I get to work with my husband Jim as a Team, on the Farm, watching our space take shape in glorious colour!

We still have a few Fox Terriers living with us, they are wonderful company and they help with unwanted rodents!

Kate the Fox Terrier checking out the garden.

Kate the Fox Terrier checking out the garden.

These blooms were my first dahlias and are what inspired me to open my business.

These blooms were my first dahlias and are what inspired me to open my business.


Contact Us

Name *
Name

Our Memberships

 
 
  • Kingston Horticultural Society

  • American Peony Society

  • American Dahlia Society

  • Canadian Peony Society

  • Canadian Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society

  • Ontario Federation of Agricuture

  • ASCFG - Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers

  • The Local Flower Collective