Monday, July 24, 2017

 Morag & Sidney Waite 1847 Briarwood Dr., Cambridge *
 Rob Kent & Leah Kent-Olsen 632 North St., Cambridge
 Mary Jane Harnack 160 Fountain St. S., Cambridge

*Note: Please visit 1847 Briarwood Dr. first, if you wish to purchase/renew your membership or purchase a nightly pass. Open Garden Booklets will also be available.


  Morag & Sidney's home has lots of curb appeal. There is a gently curved sidewalk that leads to the front door. Several small trees have been made into standards of various heights. A small shade garden invites you into the backyard. This area has been revamped for easy maintenance. In the backyard there is a shady spot for the BBQ and seating in a sunny area. this is a very charming outdoor living room which gives the owners a comfortable place to relax and entertain. the yard is rectangular in shape, but not the gardens. Garden islands make the area more interesting ans skilfully placed pots of bright annuals complete this delightful property.
Rob & Leah's front garden leads you to hope to see more. In the backyard, they have created a carefully planned large area with an adult area for entertaining, a small lovely garden and a children's place with a trampoline, tree house and a pirate ship for their 2 children and most of the neighbours.  Leah is part of the Olsen Family who own and operate Royal City Nursery. She now has her own business - Fleuristic Garden and Flower Studio in Guelph.
  Mary Jane's property is on a hill overlooking the Speed River just south of the old Preston Springs Gardens and across from the Pines. Over the years, Mary Jane has built this garden from scratch, taking the rocks from the soil to build walkways and pockets for plants. This is a very challenging garden and as Mary Jane says, in some places you need to be part goat to work on it. Many plants take advantage of the hill and grow where they are happiest. There are numerous ground covers that crowd out many of the weeds and provide a backdrop for the larger plants. Several springs flow down the property and provide water to many of the areas. Some areas stay wet allowing Cattail rushes to grow. There are plants in bloom in all seasons. During July when we will be touring her garden, you will see many plants including Day Lilies, Black-eye-Susans, Alyssum and Rose Campion. Around the house there are more formal gardens and planters to be enjoyed and a vegetable garden which is planted in front of the porch. You can enjoy the hill garden from the porch or by going down the stairs and wandering the pathways. Although the address is on Fountain Street, Mary Jane’s laneway comes in between 219 and 231 Abraham Street. The laneway is narrow and on the hill so please DO NOT drive your car down to the house, Please park on Abraham Street and walk down the laneway. If you need assistance getting up & down the laneway, let the greeter know. We are planning to have a car ready to help.
    Although the address is on Fountain Street, Mary Jane’s laneway comes in between 219 and 231 Abraham Street. (See  The laneway is narrow and on the hill so please DO NOT drive your car down to the house, Please park on Abraham Street and walk down the laneway. If you need assistance getting up & down the laneway, let the greeter know. We are planning to have a car ready to help.