Starting 2017 Gardening Season at Almonte Seedy Saturday

Beaux Arbres will be opening the 2017 gardening season at Almonte Seedy Saturday on February 11th. We will have many species of wildflower seeds – dozens of easy-to-grow flowers for beautiful pollinator and butterfly gardens.

New this year are our starter seed packs for native meadows, based on the adaptable native bunch grass, Little Buestem, plus five quick-to-mature meadow flowers.

In March, we will be doing a back-to-back Seedy Saturday and Sunday. In Ottawa for Saturday March 4th and in Perth for Sunday March 5th.

Almonte Seedy Saturday

February 11th, 9am – 4 pm

Almonte Civitan Hall, 500 Almonte Road, Almonte

 

2015/2016 Seed List

Beaux Arbres’ 2015/2016 Seed List is available for downloading here: Seed Catalogue 2015.

We will be at Seedy Saturday in Ottawa and, new this year, Seedy Sunday in Perth. Both events happen in March – I’ll post more details closer to the date.

In the meantime,  you can order seeds by post. Minimum order: 6 packets. All seeds: $3.50 per packet or 3 for $10. Prices in effect until January, 2016. Please mail cheque and order to: 29 Ragged Chute Road, Bristol Quebec, J0X 1G0.

If you are thinking about growing Blue Flag Iris from seed this year, ordering seed early is a good idea. I find this species needs a longer than usual period of cold moist stratification — I like to get my iris seeds into the fridge by January 1st.

 

2016 Season

Download Nursery Catalogue 2016. pdf

Beaux Arbres Native Plants will open the 2016 season by participating in the Rare and Unusual Plants Sale on Sunday May 15th at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa.

Two weekends later we will be hosting our own Spring Open Garden Day at the farm, with guided tours of the native plant gardens, demonstrations and really good coffee from Art Brûlant. That happens Sunday, May 29, from 11 am to 4 pm.

The Rare and Unusual Plant Sale has been held on Mothers’ Day in past years. This coming year, Mothers’ Day is early and the organizers decided to hold the sale the following Sunday. We have experienced two brutally long winters in Ottawa the past two years, and it was challenging to get nursery stock to saleable condition by Mothers Day. Last year, three weeks before the sale, I had NOTHING. Then we had two weeks of unseasonable warm weather, and the plants emerged and leaves unfurled in time.

I will posts more about the Sale closer to the date.

The Nursery Catalogue 2016 is available for download. We won’t be bringing anything like the complete list to the sale. We expect to bring mostly early spring bloomers like violets, pussytoes, early saxifrage, and prairie smoke and later spring flowers like penstemons, golden Alexanders and wild columbine and a small selection of shrubs and summer bloomers. It is always great to see the spring blooms but for the full selection, plan to visit the farm.