Bus Tour - The Hosta and Perennial Tour 2018

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 (rain or shine)
Time: 7:30 am to 6:30 pm

GHD Parking Lot (LRT stop in Parking Lot)
455 Philip St
Waterloo, ON


Member of gardenKitchener/Kitchener Horticultural Society - $70.00
Non-members - $80.00 (includes membership)

We encourage you to register early as space is limited to 50 seats.
Price includes bus, lunch (excluding alcoholic beverage) 


For our second bus tour of 2018, we are going to three specialty nurseries which focus on hostas and native and heritage perennials that push hardiness zones. At each nursery you will have an opportunity to talk to the owners, walk their display gardens and to purchase some plants.

First stop is "Any Time Hostas" in Bloomingdale which is owned by Ross and Kathy Little. For the past 35 years they transformed a once treeless one-acre lot into a gardeners dream, turning a hobby into a small business with over 250 different hostas to view.

Next stop is "Wild Things Nursery" in Clifford which is owned by Nina Aprile and John Harris, where they believe in both promoting native species and welcoming plants from around the world into their gardens. They like to experiment, bend and stretch the accepted rules for hardiness zones, for sun or shade and dryness or moisture requirements. See firsthand the beauty of native plants, the sheer variety of hostas, or simply walk their Woodland Trail. They do not use any chemical pesticides or herbicides.

For lunch, we are off to the "Drayton Chop House" where you will have a choice from a set lunch menu (see below in schedule for options).

Finally, we will head to "Riverbend Gardens & Nursery" in Wroxeter which is owned by Allan and Shirley Koch, who have spent the last 40 years on their property creating one of the most unique nurseries in the province. They specialize in hostas, daylilies, peonies, specialty fruiting shrubs, and heritage perennials. Their award-winning gardens have become a wedding destination and "mother-stock" nursery.


We encourage you to register early as space is limited to 50 seats and this is a district wide event.

To register:

  • please fill out the registration form (click here) for each person attending and include their name, phone number and email address as well as their food choices for lunch. Also fill out the waiver form (click here) for each person attending.
  • write a cheque payable to Kitchener Horticultural Society for $70 (current member - 2018)  or $80 (new or renewing member) for each person participating
  • mail the registration form, waiver form and cheque to:

Kitchener Horticultural Society - Hosta Bus Trip

7 Floral Cres
Kitchener, ON
N2G 4N9

  • Or register at one of our events
  • Or use the PAYPAL buttons below. 

To receive a refund, we must receive notice of cancellation at least one week prior to the tour (May 29) by email, mail or phone.


7:15am Begin boarding bus
7:30am Bus leaves promptly at 7:30am
7:45am Arrive at "Anytime Hosta" (16 McAllister Drive, Bloomingdale, N0B 1K0) - tour/purchase 
8:45am Board bus
9:45am Arrive at "Tim Hortons" (319 Main Street South, Mount Forest N0G 2L3)
10:15am Board bus
10:30am Arrive at "Wild Things Nursery" (Baseline Rd, Clifford, N0G 1M0) tour/purchase
12:00pm Board bus
12:30pm Arrive at "Drayton Chop House" (41 Wellington Street North, Drayton, N0G 1P0) - for a set menu lunch – choice of:
• Fish 'n Chips
• Meatloaf
• Beef & Cheddar Sandwich
• Soup & Salad
• House Burger
• Liver & Onions
2:00pm Board bus
2:40pm Arrive at "Riverbend Garden & Nursery" (43846 C Line Rd, Wroxeter, ON N0G 2X0) –Welcome/Mini Tour/Explore/Shop
5:10pm Board bus
6:30pm Arrive at GHD's parking lot
This is our proposed schedule and may be subject to change.




2018 Hosta Bus Tour - Members - $70 + $2 Convenience Fee

2018 Hosta Bus Tour - non-Members - $80 + $2 Convenience Fee