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.
4300 Concession 7
Uxbridge, ON, L9P 1R4
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.