About

My name is John Statham and I have a garden centre (details below) which operates out of my home in Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.  It is set in the middle of a pine forest, with the shade plants under the pines and the sun plants in what used to be the paddocks.  The old horse barn is used to house pots and bulbs and other various items.

John’s Garden
4300 Concession 7
Uxbridge, ON, L9P 1R4

905-862-8175
johns_garden@hotmail.com
www.johnsgarden.ca (coming very soon – signed off on it Oct 18, 2012)
www.facebook.com/johnsgardeninuxbridge
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@PerennialJohn

We are open to the public:
April – September: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00am – 5:00pm
October:  Tuesday – Sunday from 8:00am – 5:00pm
November – December: Tuesday – Sunday from 9:00am – 5:00pm

Officially, we are zone 5 (Canadian) but I like to experiment with plants that aren’t supposed to grow here. I have a number of Zone 6 plants and even a Zone 7 grass, positioned for optimal drainage and where the snow gets blown in the winter for extra protection.

As a plant collector myself, the nursery has collections of various plants that I am fond of. We currently have large collections of Hostas (400 varieties with more coming), Daylilies (140 varieties), Grasses (one of my loves), Peonies (especially Itoh peonies), Hydrangea, Echinacea, Heuchera, and Clematis (which should grow to over 100 varieties for 2011).  Our conifer collection should grow considerably for 2011.

I write a column for one of our local papers, “Can you dig it?” and it’s those columns that I post here.

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30 Responses to About

  1. Your pictures are beautiful. Can’t wait to visit you again in the Spring.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hi John

    I was looking around my area, Oshawa, for some Amaryllis bulbs to purchase for Christmas gifts. By the look of your articles you have some! What are your hours this time of year and what are the cost of the different sizes of bulbs….

    Thanks for your response

    Elizabeth

    • johnsgarden says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      I’m open Tuesday – Sunday, 8:00am-5:00pm. I’ll probably close for the season on Sunday, Dec 19. Having said that, I’m afraid I’m out of Amaryllis bulbs.

      John

  3. Linda Thompson says:

    Hi John..looking forward to seeing u again at our Millbrook Garden club meeting next Wednesday June 1 at St Thomas Church..its been awhile since Sheridan nurseries in Unionville. Hal Avery passed away May 9 and his wife Liz Avery is a good friend and member of the club. If u have a fern leafed peony and a Remember Me hosta could u please bring them next week. What is a ITOH peony? Is there a grass as beautiful as ribbon/zebra and if so please bring that too. Let me know and Sharleen said u were bringing plants to sell so this is just an advance order.Thanks a lot..phone Linda

  4. cindy sweeting says:

    Hello i’m just trying to figure out where you are located. Could you send me a map? I live just outside of Peterborough. Thank you Cindy Sweeting

  5. Mark says:

    Hello John,

    I have a small pond that I would like to do some planting in and around.

    When I’m canoeing around here the Cardinal flower is one of my favorates – was thinking of planting this and other wet loving plants. Do you carry seeds for this?

    When do you open??
    All the best on this wonderful spring day!
    Mark

  6. Sharon says:

    I am looking for a Pussy Willow tree/shrub (salix discolor) I believe, would you sell this?

    • johnsgarden says:

      Hi Sharon,

      We usually have a few in tree form (S. caprea Pendula, S. repens Nitida) and a bunch of different willows in shrub form. I haven’t carried S. discolor in the past, but shouldn’t have a problem getting them in.

  7. brent klause says:

    hey john. do you do mail order?? looking for some itoh peonies. brent klause, saskatoon

  8. Maggie says:

    John when will you open for this years season? We saw you at Canada blooms and would like to buy some blue Zebra plants, we drove up to Uxbridge and noticed your sign was down. Hope to hear from you. Thanks, Maggie

    • johnsgarden says:

      Hi there – We had set April 19th as the opening date, but we still have lots of snow so I’m thinking that might not be feasible. Hopefully it will be the following Friday, April 26. May 3 at the latest

  9. Peter O'Leary says:

    Hi John, I am looking for a few specific hostas and I am wondering if you have any or all of them:
    “Dick Ward” – “Blue Jay” – “Dragon Tails”

    Thank you.

  10. Peter O'Leary says:

    Thanks John. I appreeciate your speedy response

  11. Maggie says:

    Hi John, my husband and I were looking for you at Canada blooms this year, sorry we didn’t see you, we were wondering whether you will have any blue Zebra plants this year, also, when will you be opening this spring?
    Thanks.

    Maggie

  12. Michelle says:

    YOUR HIM ! … My wife and I came up last weekend. We had a discussion with you about some staff from another place. We told you about this guy we would go to because he knew EVERYTHING ! We nicknamed him “Perenial John”, that’s you and yes you did have more hair, too bad you can’t grow that !
    We had a GREAT time at your garden center, it’s a BRILLIANT concept and is truly UNIQUE. We’ll be coming up this weekend to, looking forward to seeing you. Hopefully there be a cooler with water and pop.
    C U L8R
    Grant & Michelle

  13. Donna Wishart says:

    John, I have recently mourned the death of my 30 yr old gas plant ( dictamnus albus?)… A pink one. It just seems to have expired for no apparent reason. Do you carry this plant, or can you acquire them? I would be thrilled if you did…

    • johnsgarden says:

      Hi there. I have them in stock. Saw a pink one blooming yesterday.

      • Donna Wishart says:

        Fantastic. I’m at the cottage in Haliburton right now and I know they aren’t fond of moving. Would it be best to get it from you in September? ( if you have two, my brother-in-law, a botanist who started my original, may want one too. I will check.)

  14. johnsgarden says:

    they’re container grown and can be planted at any time

  15. Patricia Phillips says:

    Hi John and wonderful staff,

    I was recommended to come to your wonderful nursery and I wandered about with a lovely landscaper (Sean) who told me all about the plants he loved. I came away with plants to start a new garden as we have moved to a tiny place in Markham with a backyard of grass. My 70 year old knees can only take so much digging (clay soil!), but I plan on coming every weekend to add more lovely plants to a prosperous (hopefully) backyard.
    Please also note that I have a prosperous coffee business here (23 years) so I’ll bring you a lb. of our house blend and then maybe you might think to serve coffee while your customers wander.
    See you on the weekend!

    Pat Phillips,
    the Coffee Loft,
    905-471-4178
    patanddoug@rogers.com

  16. Patricia says:

    My new garden (last year) contains most of your perennials. Am looking forward to coming to you again this year! Love the atmosphere and how helpful you, as well as other customers are when wandering in the pine forest.

  17. Avril says:

    Do you have Christmas hostas?

  18. Linne Dobbin says:

    Hi john, do you have Athyrium Godzilla in stock?

    • johnsgarden says:

      HI there,

      We have 34 left (out of 126 – we’ve had to restock twice)

      We are recommending that if people want them, that they have them reserved as they’ve been selling so fast. I’ve now cleared the grower out of them so we won’t be able to restock after this

  19. Susan Madden says:

    Do you have fruit or vegetable plants?

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