Gardens of Interest
Kingston is full of lovely garden spots that everyone can enjoy. Here are a few that provide interesting ideas that can be applied to community and backyard gardens alike.
Joseph Dominik Garden
The Ongwanada Centre supports and helps people with developmental and physical disabilities. The garden opened in 2006 and was designed to provide sensory rich stimuli of smells, touches, tastes, sounds and sights to be enjoyed by people with various physical and intellectual disabilities. The idea for a sensory garden originated with a day program staff member who had visited an accessible hiking trail in the Adirondacks. She wanted clients to have the same experience but in a garden setting so that they could enjoy the outdoors. The garden is fully accessible with concrete walkways and raised garden beds. The garden has won many awards through the Kingston Communities in Bloom contest and has been utilized by the public for relaxation, wedding photos and celebrations.
191 Portsmouth Drive
Barriefield Rock Garden
Envisioned and championed by Bill Robb, the Barriefield Rock Garden is intended to be a grand entrance into the city, combining beautiful views of the historic waterfront, Fort Henry, the lake and the river. The rock was cut with the assistance of the inmates from the Pittsburgh Institution. This garden is for all community members to enjoy.
Hwy 2 and Hwy 15
Utilities Kingston Water Conservation Garden
Open to the public, Utilities Kingston welcomes everyone to come in to take a tour and discover the secrets of growing a garden that only needs to be watered in the driest of times. Also, learn what you can do to protect the water resources we depend upon. Guided 15 minute tours are available at 10:30am Monday to Friday during the summer months. Self guided tours can be done every day during daylight hours by using the interpretive signs provided.
1211 John Counter Boulevard
The Kingston Horticultural Society put in this garden in the summer of 2011. Pollinators are what make our gardens grow, so come and enjoy some time with our buzzing friends and get some ideas for pollinator plants at the Memorial Centre’s Pollinator Garden.
303 York Street (Nelson Street side of the Memorial Centre’s back field)
Bellevue House Garden
Built in the early 1840’s this historic property was home to Canada’s first Prime Minister and today remains almost unchanged to what it once was. Bellevue house is open to the public for tours of the beautiful house and grounds, by staff in period costume. The garden is in 19th century style and boasts half an acre of vegetable gardens, an orchard, and several ornamental gardens. The Bellevue house staff have grown over 1000 lbs of organic food each year, using old techniques and tools. Last year they donated 300 lbs of food to local meal programs and they continue to offer wonderful, fresh produce to the community. Certainly a stop not to be missed, for both the history and the nature lover!
35 Centre Street
Heirloom Seed Sanctuary
A unique experience, located right in the heart of Kingston, Heirloom Seed Sanctuary is maintained on the property of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. The Sisters have been operating since the 1930’s and have always had a passion for growing their own food and promoting sustainable living. In 1999, they partnered with Carol and Robert Mouck, where they worked to preserve 400 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers which the Moucks had grown on their Napanee farm since 1974. Seed saving workshops are held every month, as well as celebrations around times such as the solstice and equinox, educational retreats and many more! Visit the website if you are interested in volunteering or finding out more about the heirloom seed sanctuary.
1200 Princess Street
Northeast corner of City Park
Paterson Park Garden
Roden Park next to City greenhouses
h. 613-384-7185, c. 613-483-0842