Events You Won’t Want to Miss!
International Garden Festival
June to September
The International Garden Festival is recognized as one of the most important events of its kind in North America.
Canada’s largest garden show.
Philadelphia Flower Show
The world’s largest indoor plant show.
Chelsea Flower Show
The most famous flower show in the world.
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
The world’s grandest summer flower show!
Great Gardening Information
National Garden Bureau
A great source of gardening information and host of the All-America Selections.
The Laidback Gardener is a member of:
Garden Writers Association
An international association of garden writers that holds an annual symposium and garden visits in different parts of North America.
Perennial Plant Association
A trade association dedicated to improving the perennial plant industry. It promotes the Perennial of the Year.
The Laidback Gardener’s Favourite Gardens
Roger-Van den Hende Botanical Garden
A small botanical garden, part of Laval University in Quebec City. I give it extra Brownie points because it is only minutes away from my home. It features over 4,000 species and cultivars grouped by family connections. It features a water garden, a herbacetum, a rhododendron garden and a rose garden.
Montreal Botanical Garden
North America’s premier botanical garden comprising 190 acres of thematic gardens and greenhouses and a collection of more than 20,000 plants.
Domaine Joly-de Lotbinière
Renowned as one of the most beautiful gardens in North America, the Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière is an immense romantic garden-park dating back to the mid-19th century. An oasis of peace and beauty, the Domaine now boasts 15 thematic gardens featuring over 2,200 varieties of plants.
The Reford Gardens (Jardins de Métis) are recognized as one of Canada’s outstanding horticultural attractions. They were created between 1926 and 1958 by an avid gardener, Elsie Reford. Visitors can admire the splendours of some 3,000 varieties of native and exotic plants. Every year, the Gardens host the International Garden Festival.
Canada’s Garden Route
Canada’s Garden Route is the most comprehensive listing of Canadian gardens and garden experiences. If you’re planning to stop in and visit some of the finest examples of horticulture the country has to offer, this is the website that will help you find the perfect garden experience you’re looking for.
For over 30 years now I have travelled the world looking for the planet’s most extraordinary gardens… and this is my favourite! Absolutely the best garden to visit, anywhere! Everything you’ve ever wanted to see in a garden all in one place.
East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden
I’ve visited well over a hundred gardens in Great Britain over the last 30 years, but this privately owned garden is my favourite. The innovative landscaping and unusual plants mean there is something for every gardener.
Plant nuts will go wild over this garden, which houses more different plants (over 30,000) than any other in the world. Only the Montreal Botanic Gardens even comes close! Every time I go to England, I spend a few days here, yet I still haven’t seen it all!
Nong Nooch Garden
I’ve seen tropical gardens galore in my travels, but this one beats all the others by far. Lots of exotic gardens, including a butterfly garden in the shape of a butterfly, plus a huge collection of tropical plants. They’ve even recreated Stonehenge… but in living colour! Wow!