Today James and I decided to check out the Civic Garden Complex tour. To be perfectly honest, I thought this would be some small event with a few people and self-guided tours. I was completely wrong. With some creative parking somehow the parking lot capacity was doubled. You can see the little bit of a clusterfudge below:
Upon entering we were greeting with a free herb! I took a coriander and James received a sweet basil. There were a tonne of booths set up with information on plants, insects and general wildlife. There were also some seeds and plants for sale, both indoor and outdoor. The total booth area was about 5 times what you see below.
The greenhouses were built in three main phases from the mid to late 1900s. They grow most of the plants for the nearby Springbank Park and for decorative beds throughout London, Ontario. All of the greenhouses have sunscreens, fans for air circulation and heating pipes. The yellow sticky papers are for mite control. After the woman giving the tour mentioned that, I may have muttered "I f!cking hate those mites!" Which apparently was a little more than a mutter because Jame started laughing. Sometimes I have trouble modulating the volume of my voice... It's what makes me special. ;)
Attached to the complex is The Samuel R. Manness Conservatory which was donated in memoriam to the grandfather of Keith Manness, an avid gardener. Although it feels larger than the UWO Tropical Room, the planting is nowhere near as lush and their is a lot of open space.
We spent about an hour in the complex before returning to some beautiful spring weather...