Garden trail launched in eastern Ontario links nine floral destinations

BROCKVILLE, Ont. – A new garden trail in eastern Ontario links nine destinations, ranging from Confederation Park in Gananoque, with its large collection of outdoor art, to a labyrinth set amid 1,000 evergreen trees in Johnstown.

Private, public and garden centre displays are included in the 1,000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail, a regional tourism initiative launched by the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office.

At Chillane Gardens near Mallorytown, a collection of more than 1,500 hostas (including 528 varieties) borders paths in a forest of hundreds of native and specimen trees.

Prescott’s Shakespearean Gardens, along the banks of the St. Lawrence River, feature plants named in Shakespeare’s plays.

The Maitland Garden of Hope includes 23 theme gardens where visitors can check out a monarch butterfly way station, a Zen garden, a meadow walk and an apiary.

The trail officially opens June 19, but some of the gardens will open before that and welcome visitors until the fall.

Organizers say guided and self-guided tours will be offered.

For details, go to http://bit.ly/1Jupp9R.