The first Garden Tour of the 2024 season is here! Members: Join us on the evening of Tuesday, June 11th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., rain or shine, to get a peek at five beautiful outdoor spaces in Forest Hills, Kitchener.

A reminder that gardenKitchener Garden Tours are open to active members only. If you need to purchase a 2024 membership, you can do so online here, or in-person at Garden A (382 Village Crescent) on June 11th. In-person memberships will be cash-only.

Notes from tour organizer, Bruce MacNeil:

The homes in this area were predominately built by Dutchmen Homes in the 1960s. They were built as the City continued to expand to the South.

During the tour, you will be touring 3 gardens on Village Crescent and another on Sweetbriar. This is a route that I often take while walking the dog. What I find impressive is how the scenery changes from early Spring through the Fall. The Crescent is lined by a variety of flowering Crabapple trees that present an excellent showing in Spring. Between the second and the third gardens that we will see is one front yard that features a huge Cucumbertree (Magnolia acuminate that tops out at roughly 60’. The home owners tell me that the tree was acquired as a seedling from Woodside Park many years ago.

Another front garden features several Tree Peonies that unfortunately will not be in bloom at the time of our tour and several other unique Peonies.

The same wind storm that struck Rockway Gardens a few years ago when we lost a large number of trees hit this area. One of the gardens was in danger of losing a gazebo which caused the owner to make some ingenious adjustments to the gazebo to protect it from future storms while another lost some neighbouring trees resulting in a change from a shade garden to one of near full sun.

Members, find complete tour details, including a map of all four addresses here.

View the tour map here.

Download a printable version of the tour descriptions here.