Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Rockway Gardens

Do I need a permit to take wedding or special event pictures?

Rockway Gardens is indeed a favourite locale for wedding and special event photography. You are welcome to take advantage of the scenery at the Gardens. A permit is not required at this time. A tax deductible donation of $50 (cheques only please), to help maintain the Gardens, should be mailed to Kitchener Horticultural Society, 7 Floral Cres., Kitchener, ON, N2G 4N9. Use of the Gardens is on a first-come-first-served basis. Please be respectful of the other photo groups using the gardens and limit your time at particular features during high demand periods.

PLEASE NOTE - We have had reports of fraudsters approaching wedding parties and demanding immediate payments of as much as $300. They say our policies have changed and that permits are required. This is not the case. We do not demand payments on-site. Be careful and report fraudulent activity to the proper authorities. (2016-05-16).

Can I have my wedding at Rockway Gardens?


You can use Rockway Gardens for your wedding. However, please be aware that we do not offer a booking service, so it is on a first-come first-served basis for any particular feature or area. We would prefer that you keep the group small and avoid the use of chairs except for the elderly as too many chairs may damage the grounds. A donation of $50 is required to use the grounds whether for a wedding or photography. 
Please note:
  • There can be no consumption of alcohol at Rockway Gardens.
  • Be considerate of neighbours and other guests of the Gardens and keep the noise down
  • Do not decorate the gazebo, pergola or other features. You could bring in a few bouquets of flowers as long as you take them with you.
Failure to follow these guidelines may result in you being asked to leave the Gardens.
You can mail the cheque to
Kitchener Horticultural Society
7 Floral Cr.,
Kitchener, ON,
N2G 4N9


Where is Rockway Gardens?

Rockway Gardens is in Kitchener, Ontario and is located on the south side of King St. E. between Ottawa St. and Conestoga Parkway (Hwy 7/8). [more]. The Garden House is located at 7 Floral Cres. Kitchener, ON N2G 4N9 (this is also the mailing address).

Kitchener Horticultural Society

What are the benefits of being a Society member?

The benefits are numerous and include: plant exchange, bulb sale, seminars & workshops, garen tours, newsletters & discounts at partner businesses. [more]

How much does it cost to join the Kitchener Horticultural Society?

An individual membership is still only $10 per year and a family is $15. [more]


What is the black tar spot on my peonies? Will it kill my plant?

Your peonies are suffering from a fungal disease caused by Cladosporium. Like most fungi, it is most prevalent in wet weather, and the heavy rain in late June was ideal for disease development.

Cut the afflicted foliage back to the ground and get it out of the garden. Sanitation is usually effective, and since the same weather conditions are unlikely for each growing season, it is not a major problem every year. You can protect the foliage with a fungicide, but the key to this is early and frequent application. Check the label on fungicides to make sure that peonies and leaf spot are mentioned. Begin spraying when the foliage emerges from the ground and continue weekly spraying until hot, dry summer weather arrives. Some varieties are more resistant than others to this fungus, so don't be alarmed if only a few plants are afflicted in a garden while others are not. Scott Aker, horticulturist, U.S. National Arboretum

Can I save my Poinsettia and have it bloom again next year?

Yes, but the process as described by many sources can be quite involved. In general, they all suggest that after the plant has stopped blooming, although some of the new hybrids seem to bloom forever, reduce watering by watering only once the soil is dry taking care to prevent the plant from dying. In May, once all chance of frost has passed, prune branches back by about one third, put the plant outdoors in light shade and continue watering and fertilizing. Pinch back stems in July and again in August by as much as an inch to encourage a thickening of the stems. Continue watering throughout this process and then in October you need to provide about 16 hours of complete darkness each day. This can be accomplished by covering the plant with a box, a dark green garbage bag, or by putting it in a cool dark place that is completely dark for the full time. The plant needs to be placed in a sunny window each day for the remaining 8 hours. At the end of November leave the plant in the sunny window for the full day and discontinue the fertilizing. Following these directions closely should have your poinsettia blooming by Christmas. We managed to have one rebloom by following the process.
Colleagues managed to get a poinsettia to rebloom by placing it in the perfect window without following all of the above instructions but it is important to note that the plant did have a full 12 to 16 hours of darkness each day.

Can I save my Amaryllis and have it bloom again next year?

Certainly! After it has bloomed for you, and once the flower stalk has withered, cut it off. Keep the plant in a well lit location and water regularly. Once all chance of frost has passed, put the plant outside in light shade. You can use the foliage for contrast in a collection of other containers to good effect. In late summer, reduce watering (you can even turn the container on its side to prevent rainwater from stimulating growth) to encourage dormancy. When the leaves yellow and die, by the end of August, bring the container indoors and store it in a cool dark location such as your cold cellar. Should the bulb not start to grow after about 3 months in storage, start watering about 6 weeks prior to Christmas to produce flowers by Christmas. (from Practical Guide to Gardening in Canada. Readers Digest Assoc, Montreal,1992)

How can I keep slugs off my Hostas?

While the most effective method may be to pick them off and squish them, there are several other methods that can be used. A local dentist who had an extremely large collection of Hostas said that he picked the slugs off his plants. Diatomaceous earth around the base of the plants will kill slugs but it will also kill earth worms and small birds. Marjorie Harris suggests an infusion made by pouring hot water over Artemisia absinthium (wormwood). You let it sit for about an hour, strain, and then pour around affected plants. The infusion helps to kill off overwintering slugs. Other suggestions include putting some beer in ashtrays near the plants. The slugs are attracted by the fermenting odour and drown happily.

How do I remove aphids from my roses and pond plants?

The best way to remove them is by simply washing them off with the hose.

How do I get insects off my houseplants?

Ed Lawrence’s [more] recipe for an insecticidal spray is 40 pts water to 1 pt liquid soap. Spray thoroughly and leave on the plant for 10 minutes. Rinse the plant off with clear water at room temperature. Repeat the process 3 times over a 10 day period.

Why won’t my Peony bloom?

If it is a new planting, it may be that the peony was planted too deep in the soil. Peonies must be planted with no more than 2 inches of soil above the eyes. And if you have mulched or added compost around the base of the plant, you may have changed the depth of the soil such that the plant will not bloom. Remember, that new peonies may not bloom for up to 2 years after planting.