Photos and story by Caleb Nickerson
Over the weekend, nine property owners throughout the Pontiac opened their homes to a multitude of guests for the fourth Gardens and Gifts tour. The self-guided trek featured nine gardens from Breckenridge to Greermount, with a focus on organic and sustainable techniques, native plants and wildlife friendly-designs. In addition, local artists and creators were invited to show their wares alongside the farm produce.
Founder Katherine Fletcher said that the tour was started to promote agritourism in the region and showcase the diversity of plants and cultivation techniques. Though there was no admission fee, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) had promotional material on display and was accepting donations.
Mo Laidlaw had the southernmost garden on the tour, just outside of Aylmer in Breckenridge. In addtition to the knitted socks and crafts for sale in her garage, she had a walking path through her property, where she has been living for nine years. She pointed to the wide variety of native trees, like the Kentucky Coffeetree.
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