Quinte Botanical Gardens


Media Release, April 6, 2017
Deanna Groves and John Riedl are working around the clock to open the Quinte Botanical Gardens this summer. We are almost there and just need help with the last phase.

The Canadian Mental Health Association in Belleville says: “Do you know how many people you’re going to help by making these gardens?” Military personnel are volunteering to plant flowers, others are offering to spend hours plucking weeds! Why?

People create or visit gardens for several reasons: a memorial for a loved one; a backyard oasis to enjoy; an escape from the city; a break from the rat race; to grow food; as a social event; to enjoy nature; to help our environment. We say: “all gardens are great gardens.”

It is important to keep balance in our lives. Enough with bad news headlines, bills to pay, phones ringing, and violence. More peace of mind, warm earth, fresh air, birds chirping, children giggling in the sun, and beauty that takes your breath away.

That’s what gardens do. They make you feel good.

Hospitals are building atriums to help cancer patients. Seniors who garden use less medication. Children who garden eat more vegetables. Gardening reduces weight, fights osteoporosis and improves cognitive abilities. It reduces stress, and people who garden live longer.

Clearly…gardening isn’t just a hobby.

With the Quinte Botanical Gardens, we hope to help people. Nine years in the planning, and turning a gravel pit into a botanical garden, we admit it hasn’t been easy. We all have fond memories of Cullen Gardens, wouldn’t it be great to have something like this here?

People are stunned when they hear the news about the project, and their jaws drop when they see the plans. (We love that part!) Last week we were painting fence sections in the basement until 1:00 in the morning, and starting seeds in our kitchen. Our house looks like the “Room of Requirement” at Hogwarts! But that’s o.k.

Did You Know

Butchart Gardens, in BC started as a cement quarry. When it was no longer needed, Mrs. Butchart turned the property into world-renowned gardens.
Hamilton Gardens, in New Zealand, was transformed from a sand pit and rubbish dump into the region’s most popular attraction.
Appeltern Gardens, in the Netherlands, started as an outdoor meeting on an open, scraggly field, for gardening people.
Today it’s a hub of excitement where people discover eco-friendly solutions to all things gardening.

The Gardens

Emphasis in our gardens is placed on meticulously designed plant combinations, and each garden will include educational aspects to it. The Oriental Garden are one of the displays; helping people learn about the exquisite differences between Chinese and Japanese gardens.

Our Edible Garden will show people how to plant veggies even in the smallest spaces; city visitors will gain an appreciation of farmers; children will enjoy hands-on workshops; chefs will compete to prepare healthy dishes; and health professionals will offer advice on good eating habits.

With the assistance of expert bee-keepers, our Bee, Bird, Butterfly Garden will educate us about the importance of helping our pollinators. The Colour Wheel Garden is designed to display 8 different monochromatic gardens. (This one took us a whole winter to design!)

The Memorial Garden is a special dedication to military personnel, police force and firefighters. More gardens and events are planned, but we don’t want to spoil the surprises!

Garden Tourism:
More people visit gardens
then Disneyland and Disney World combined.

The Quinte Botanical Gardens hope to entice the gardening crowd (and there are lots of them) to supplement what our region has to offer. Local restaurants, hotels, gas stations, grocery stores and retail stores will enjoy more customers.

When Neil Ellis saw the initial plans, he was “blown away” by the details. Businesses, people and organizations are joining in the cause of our gardens. Lou Rinaldi stated that “this project will cause a positive domino-effect within our local economy.”

“We all knew it was a great idea,” Suzanne Andrews, general manager of Quinte West Chamber of Commerce. People from Ontario are coming down the driveway, apologizing for interrupting our work, and excitedly ask: “Is it true? Are you really creating botanical gardens?” They look like children in a candy store!

Can You Help Us?

We have listened to our community – they want us to build these gardens and we don’t want to let them down. The project is 81% done, we just need help to purchase the balance of the trees, shrubs and perennials. Please contact us anytime, visit our website www.qbgardens.ca, call Deanna or John at 613-398-0402 or email us at dgroves@qbgardens.ca We’re gardeners – we’d love to talk about plants!

If you can afford to help us make this happen, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

$10.00 could help purchase more flowers; $100.00 pays for 3 more shrubs; $500.00 buys 2 small trees and some perennials; and $1,000.00 will buy 3 large trees and 40 perennials.

Please send your cheque to Quinte Botanical Gardens, 664 Glen Ross Rd., Frankford, Ont., K0K 2C0. Or, if you prefer, purchase a gift certificate at Connon Nurseries
(613-392-0402), referencing the Quinte Botanical Gardens.

Your compassion will enrich people’s lives in more ways then you can imagine. On behalf of everyone involved with the gardens, thank you for taking time to help. We know we’re on to a good thing. To build something extraordinary AND we get to help people? There’s motivation!

Pass It Forward

Volunteering on a yearly basis, we have helped the Habitat for Humanity in Trenton; raised funds for hospital equipment with the Home Build for Health Care project; helped build the Sensory Gardens for Community Living Quinte West; created another landscape for the Frankford Habitat for Humanity; helped a fellow landscaper with cancer; made the gardens for the Holy Trinity Church in Frankford; and are recently running the Senior’s Well-Being Programs.

With your help, we plan to create the gardens, train the next generation and pass it forward.