At least that’s what they say. The sun is out however it’s a bit cool here at Globetrotters Bed and Breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Tomorrow — Easter Sunday — promises to be warmer so we’re looking forward to taking in some rays.

In the meantime, Fernando is busy sanding and repainting our covered veranda deck so it should be done sometime next week — weather permitting. Some of the vines and trees are starting to show signs of life so Mother Nature is off to a good start.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is renowned for its lovely gardens, flower beds and hanging baskets along Queen Street. Residents also take great pride in keeping their yards picture-perfect. In fact, many of our guests prefer to walk between our bed and breakfast and Queen Street so they have time to admire the gardens and take photos along the way. The array of scents and colours they’re exposed to awakens their senses.

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One reason why there is so much interest in gardening here is due in part to the variety of garden centres in the immediate area. Our unique microclimate places Niagara-on-the-Lake in the plant hardiness zones ranging from 6a to 7a. The earth is also very rich so plants love it here and thrive, often growing much larger than they do anywhere else in Ontario. As a result, Niagara-on-the-Lake gardeners love to experiment.

Mori Gardens is open so I’ll be heading there in early May to check out what’s new in gardening trends. They always have such an amazing selection of plants, pots and garden decor ideas and staff are always willing to offer free advice. Some of our guests come in all the way from Ottawa and Oshawa for a couple of days just to shop at Mori Gardens.

Another great garden centre is at Niagara College. Prices are great and the students are a fountain of knowledge.

Regal Florist and Garden Centre is located at 1616 Niagara Stone Road in Virgil. I love this place for its unique garden accessories and fountains.

A selection of fountains can be found at the Regal Florist and Garden Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

A selection of fountains can be found at the Regal Florist and Garden Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

At 18 Carlton Street, the Sunshine Express Garden Centre showcases a profusion of colourful flowers and plants. It’s a bit out of the way and, in general, tends to be a tad more expensive, but well worth the trip. And if you drive along the Lakeshore, you’ll come upon a few more garden centres and greenhouses where you can browse and take home a little piece of Niagara-on-the-Lake with you.

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Posted by Donna Vieira
Owner of Globetrotters Bed and Breakfast, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario