Tag Archives: spring

Before and After: Undiscovered Gardens

25 Apr

by Diva Gwen Richardson

Are you waiting for this,

Early Spring

Early Spring

to become this?


While you wait for the beauty and warmth of (spring? summer?) to return to
Huron County, organize a carload of friends and get ready to discover the “Undiscovered Gardens of Huron Perth”.   For a full listing of participating private gardens and gardening  businesses, check out the website:  gardensofhuronperth.com


In Search of Spring

4 Mar

Trista enjoying the colours and blooms in the Greenhouseby Diva Trista Russell

It’s finally March, and the countdown is on to spring and warmer weather. I had received an email newsletter from a local greenhouse, Huron Ridge Acres, and decided to visit and go in search of some signs that spring will soon be here!

Fun fact: 2013 marks 40 years in the greenhouse business for Huron Ridge. They are having some special promotions to celebrate their anniversary, so head to their website (www.huronridge.ca) to keep tabs on any deals.

Today (March 2nd) they had a special one-day sale on primulas (2 for the price of 1), so I decided to head out and pick up a couple of plants. They come in a variety of vibrant colours, and the best thing is that you can enjoy their colours inside your home until it’s warm enough to plant them outside. While you’re at the greenhouse, be sure to meet Huron Ridge’s resident cat, Princess. She’s very friendly!

While the majority of flowers and plants won’t be available until after Spring arrives, I noticed that right now they sell a variety of pots, seeds, fertilizers, indoor potted plants, gardening tools and accessories. They also had lots of bright coloured decorative containers, which are a perfect addition to an Easter centrepiece!

Another fun fact: on Tuesdays and Fridays during the winter months, Huron Ridge lets visitor use the sidewalks in their over 50,000 square feet of greenhouses to enjoy the sun and get some exercise.

During March Break, they offer workshops for “little gardeners” for only $5 a child which includes supplies and a snack. Check out this link for more details: http://www.huronridge.ca/pdfs/spring_break_workshops.pdf

Starting March 1st, they are open 6 days a week, Monday to Friday 9 to 5pm and Saturday 9 to 3pm. The greenhouse is located at 74101 Bronson Line, just outside Zurich.

Remember, less than 3 weeks until the first day of Spring!

Website: http://www.huronridge.ca

Email: info@huronridge.ca

Follow Huron Ridge on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HuronRidgeCarol

Like Huron Ridge on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Huron-Ridge-Acres

A Walk in the Park at St. Joe’s

25 Mar

By Diva Trista Russell

With spring season underway, and summer just around the corner…why not make a stop to walk in the park?

I visited the St. Joesph Memorial Park this weekend, and had a fun time reading the fascinating stories along the walkway. If you’re a history buff, this park is definitely worth a stop. Even if you’re not a history buff (like me), this place has some beautiful scenery.

The St. Joesph Memorial Park began with a request from St. André, known healer and founder of the famed Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal. A statue honouring St. Joseph and St. André are located in the park.

There is also a plaque honouring Narcisse Cantin, who had a dream to build a Great Lakes canal system. The canal would have started at St. Joseph and linked Lake Huron and Lake Erie. Although this canal was never built, he was remembered as the “Father of the St. Lawrence Seaway”.

Last summer, the St. Joseph and Area Historical Society produced an outdoor play about Narcisse, which was performed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, just a few minutes north of the park. The Society even received a Governor General’s  History Award for the production!

I think this park would be the perfect spot for a picnic on the way to the beach. It’s right off the highway, and there’s a neat little picnic bench area to stop and have a bite.

The park is located at the intersection of Bluewater Highway (Hwy. #21) at Zurich-Hensall Road (County Road #84), and it’s open year-round.

Has Spring Sprung?

28 Mar

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Hello everyone! Beauty day outside today, +5 and sunny , im beginning to become optimistic that the snow might actually be leaving for good!!!  I am starting to have that itch that occurs at the end of winter, that itch to be outside again. I’m daydreaming about going for hikes, and bike rides, going back to the river, seeing the leaves turn green and the flowers start to bloom. I am a very lucky lady to live where I live, my fathers property is fairly large, and a large portion of that property is forest.  My father takes his land very seriously and every since I can remember he has made sure to continue to improve the forested areas that we have. One of things I look forward most to each spring, is to walk back into the bush by the river and see the carpet of trilliums that grow wildly. There are thousands and thousands of them just blanketing the ground. I have to admit it is pretty breathtaking.

I really started to appreciate just how lucky I am when I went away to university. Living in the city for the first time was very new to me and also very exciting! Needless to say boredom wasn’t on the agenda. However, as the months past, I began to miss the beautiful environment that makes up Huron County. That spring when I came home for summer holidays my eyes quickly began to open to what Huron County had to offer aesthetically. We are so blessed to live where we live. There are numbers of nature walking trails throughout the county, we can access the rivers to fish, and canoe, we live minutes away from a beautiful beach with the most astonishing sunsets, not to mention the boardwalk along the Goderich coastlines. I am patiently (well attempting to be patient atleast) waiting for the snow to melt and for spring to begin so I can once again take advantage of the natural beauty that is Huron County



Spring is coming!!!!!

18 Mar

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Pictures taken by my lady Heather Bell

The signs of Spring

6 Mar

Well I must say that today has been the warmest sunny day we have had on Ontario’s west coast since the wick melt in January.

This time of year usually isn’t really that pretty in any part of Ontario, with all of the dirty looking snow banks and trees without leaves. Today is an exception!

While I was out for a walk this afternoon, I thought I would go to the beach in Port Albert, just north of Goderich and south of Kincardine, on Lake Huron.Check out the photo and video below to check it out!

I think these are great signs of spring coming!

Photo of the beach in Port Albert