Check out the many beautiful gardens at the Lakewood Inn
There are a variety of gardens scattered throughout Lakewood. Flower gardens, vegetable gardens, rock gardens and even a secret pond with special plants. Something is always in bloom. Take a tour around the grounds for a special treat.
Originally started as an orchard, Lakewood is fortunate to have mineral rich soil and a moderate temperature. Plant it and it will grow! seems to be the norm. Our guests save their compost and in the spring it is added to the soil with wonderful results.
<< Unique flowers such as this special Iris are scattered throughout our gardens!
Whenever Doug or Kyle dig a hole, I follow behind and plant a garden. I now have approx. 25 gardens as well as numerous planters and wildflower fields. The blooms start to appear in mid-March and continue through to the first hard frosts usually in December. Every year there’s something new, last year we built a communal vegetable garden for our seasonal campers and ourselves. This was a big success with an abundance of fresh foods to enjoy, I especially liked the part where other folks did the weeding! In the fall when the apples were ready we gathered together and made apple juice…mmmm good. We invite all of our guests to wander around and enjoy the beauty, eat the fruit and if you must – pick the weeds.
Sue’s gardens report – 2009
February is the time of year when spring juices start to flow, seed catalogs come in the mail weekly and window sills fill up with early starters. Dreams of beauty occupy your thoughts and the hard work hasn’t started yet!
Lakewood gardens have grown up, with the main jobs being dividing and digging up plants that have out grown their homes. Luckily we now have several seasonal campers who are happy to start their own gardens and will takes the clumps I’m offering with a smile. 🙂
The vegie and fruit gardens have also grown and during the summer lots of meals and snacks come from the yard – starting with strawberries and cherries in late spring – we’re eating fruit right up until the 1st hard frost. This year we planted melons and had a good crop of watermelons and cantaloupe. Guest from Alberta brought out some citrus trees, what a thrill to pick our own lime! I’ve kept them inside for the winter but think in a few years their do fine outside. Other new additions are Ginko, Copper Beech and Golden Spruce trees.
So for now I’ll sit and dream of the fun to come while sipping a cup of tea with my feet up, ahhhh. Happy gardening Susan
Sue’s gardens report – 2006