Quinte Botanical Gardens open for business

Owners Deanna Groves and John Riedl at Quinte Botanical Gardens.

Frankford — Everyone is welcome to visit the 25 gardens which include a bird, bee and butterfly garden, formal knot garden, oriental garden, white garden, rose garden and edible garden.

Owners Deanna Groves and John Riedl, also owners of the Garden Place landscaping company, came up with the idea nine years ago and thought it would be great to put their landscaping skills to good use to bring garden tourism to the area.

“We would like to hopefully contribute to the community by adding a different tourist attraction and bring the gardening crowd here,” said Groves.

It’s hard to pick a favourite garden, said Groves, but she’s particularly fond of the bird, bee and butterfly garden.

“I would think the bird, bee, butterfly garden is probably my favourite because we are very much in tune with the environment and we like to pass on important information to the public about helping our bee populations and the butterfly migration and so forth,” she said.

MP for the Bay of Quinte Neil Ellis and Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison along with Deputy Mayor Jim Alyea and members of the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce attended the official grand opening of the gardens on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Harrison said it’s great to see all of the hard work that’s been done.

“We’re thankful because this is what I call a down to earth project,” he said.

“It’s great, you can see this is beautiful all the way down through and all the things they’ve done, so creative and so natural, very attractive.”

Located at 664 Glen Ross Rd. in Frankford, the gardens are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. six days a week with the exclusion of Wednesdays for maintenance. Admission is $10 per person and children under six can enter for free.

For more information visit www.qbgardens.ca


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