In Mississauga, Ontario, three local horticulture groups are working together to raise awareness of gardening by adding a festival dimension to the traditional summer garden tour. Sunday, June 24, is the date for the second annual Mississauga Garden Festival. The festival this year features a paid self-guided tour of private gardens in the Credit Woodlands area of Mississauga. At the same time, the festival includes free family-oriented activities at the Riverwood Conservancy, Mississauga’s unique, 60-hectare (150-acre) nature park on the banks of the historic Credit River.
The private gardens on the paid, self-guided tour include ravine gardens, woodland and naturalized gardens that reflect the area, plus imaginative front yard gardens and spectacular outdoor living areas. Tickets are for sale at www.mississaugagardenfestival.ca.
At Riverwood, there will be an artisan marketplace, food vendors, children’s activities and talks — the popular Paul Zammit of Toronto Botanical Garden appears again this year — are some of the festival events. Tours of the Riverwood’s MacEwan Terrace Gardens and the Enabling Garden are also included. Riverwood has a rich geological history of ancient seas and glacial events, and a fossil record that dates back 415 million years. Less than a century ago it was the site of a beautiful stone summer home that still stands on the property, plus a farm and a pickle processing facility.
Cloverleaf Garden Club and Applewood Garden Club are joined this year by the Credit Valley Horticultural Society to present the annual festival.
Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets: Garden tour: $20, festival: free.
Festival headquarters: The Riverwood Conservancy, 4300 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga, Ontario L5C 2S7
Win a pair of tickets to Mississauga Garden Festival
Garden Making readers had a chance to win a a pair of tickets worth $40 to the Mississauga Garden Festival in a random draw. Congratulations to Roxann B. of Ridgeway, Ontario, whose entry was randomly selected.