Sunday, February 1, 2015

Location, Location, Location

In the coming months I have a few public gardens to show you, each of which has something unique makes them special. 

Templin Garden in Fergus, Ontario has one really great thing going for it: location, location location. It's hard to beat the spectacular view of a deep river gorge that the garden offers.

And if you get tired of simply admiring the flowers and the view, there is a stone staircase that takes you right down to the bottom of the gorge.

Melting snow and spring rains mean that the Grand River can sometimes be a loud, raging torrent. 

When we visited last August however, the waters had subsided and the vista from the footbridge that crosses the river was quiet and picturesque.

Templin Garden was a depression era work project under the direction of J. C. Templin, the then editor of the Fergus Evening Express.

Today the gardens are largely under the care of the "Digging in the Dirt Gang" who plant and maintain approximately 30 gardens in small town of Fergus. These twenty-odd members of the local Horticultural Society meet every Tuesday in Templin and go about doing the work needed in the garden. 

Let's take a look at some of their handy work, shall we?

White spires of Laitris spicata

An array of jewel coloured Zinnias.

Brown-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia 

I contacted the Horticultural Society to find out the identity of this really gorgeous Phlox. Speaking for the Society, Roberta tells me that she believes it to be Phlox paniculata 'Bright Eyes'.

This is the stone staircase that descends down to the Grand River:

Balloon Flower, Platycodon grandiflorus

Looking across to the far side of the Grand River.

It's quite the romantic spot don't you think?


  1. I could never tire of all the wonderful gardens you find, or of your beautiful photographs.
    Thank you for sharing, and have a fantastic week, Jennifer!

  2. Wow - the whole place is spectacular - and those Zinnias, my favourites, I really must plant a lot more this year. Great shots Jennifer.

  3. The white liatris and phlox are absolutely gorgeous.

  4. Your photos are inspirational.

  5. Such a romantic spot! Golly!! That stonework paired with the lush garden is straight out of a fairytale! The gardens you visit are out of this world Jennifer! It is always a treat to visit your blog! And I need some of that blood grass in my garden this year!! Have a lovely week friend! Nicole xo

  6. Fantastic garden, thank you for sharing it with us. I like the Phlox and Rudbeckia combination.

  7. Now this is the kind of place I could talk my non-gardening husband into visiting! Love the bright zinnias. I'm impressed that one group is able to maintain so many gardens.

  8. oh my, what a location it is. Worth visiting just to see the staircase alone. How lucky to be able to have this close by to visit. the zinnias paired with the flax was really eye catching. What a fantastic group of gardeners they must have.

  9. It's great how you discover new gardens again and again. Love your posts Jennifer.
    Have a wonderful day.

  10. Jennifer girl this is such a pretty spot !
    I loved the grasses and Russian Sage plantings ... I am such a grass fan anyways.
    Very pretty .... and the water makes it perfect ... gardens really shine when they have a water source.
    Joy : )

  11. It certainly is a romantic spot..that stone staircase is just stunning. The gang od twenty are doing a brilliant

  12. Love your blog. The photos are spectacular. I wish I would have set my blog up with nice large photos like yours. I'm adding your site to my blogs watch list. I'll be visiting regularly.

  13. Yet another beautiful place to show us, thanks for letting me tag along! I loved the staircase down to the river and yes I agree, it is a romantic place :-)

  14. Jennifer, Thanks for visiting my blog, A New England Flowerbed and leaving a comment! I'm sure you're getting way more snow than we are.....but, we are in the middle of another storm! Templin Gardens is wonderful! The Zinnia's made my heart skip a beat......

  15. Oh my, what a beautiful place. That stonework is fantastic. I love those beautiful flowers, zinnias, liatris, phlox.... Your photography is fantastic!!

  16. Yes, your photos are amazingly beautiful. You should be selling them to a Chamber of Commerce, or the actual sites...they would certainly promote their beautiful gardens.


  17. Gorgeous!! I could wander that area for hours. I love how full and healthy those zinnias are. I want to just click my heels together and magically whisk myself off to whatever garden you're highlighting.

  18. What a spectacular spot for a garden....I love the views.

  19. Wonderful garden, Jennifer! Love phlox, grasses and blue bells.
    Thank you for sharing.

  20. I needed a tour around this beautiful garden today, Jennifer, with snow and ice outside my window. I have phlox 'bright eyes' and it has a bigger, darker pink center than the one in your photo. But I would hate to argue with the Horticultural Society. The one you photographed is lovely anyway. P. x

    1. I too had my doubts that the phlox was 'Bright Eyes', but I too was reluctant to disagree with the woman who was gracious enough to suggest its name.

  21. Such a romantic and beautiful spot, Jennifer! Your photos are always so lovely. :)


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