I had looked forward to seeing these gardens for years. They were beautiful, of course, but the impression I got was one of nature submitted, rather than nature nurtured and showcased. Heavy fertilizer smell in places. It was full of wide-eyed tourist taking pictures of everything. I found myself a little annoyed. If you love nature and plants, save yourself the $30 and go to Finnerty Gardens at the University of Victoria (free) - this is a peaceful sanctuary and the best kind of garden - diverse flora, perfectly wooded, with lots of benches and patches of grass by idyllic ponds so you can have a picnic, read a book or take a nap.
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July 15, 2013
Thank you for providing the opportunity to reiterate we are strong proponents of organic fertilizers. We know many look to us for sustainable gardening techniques as we produce stunning, healthy flower displays year after year.
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We do use fertilizers in our flower beds, but they are organic, as are those we use for lawn care. Our composting facility provides us with good rich soil and the beds are constantly amended. We also have an integrated pest management system, that is, we use a variety of beneficial insects to control those insects which can damage plants. The comment about “heavy fertilizer smell” is most unusual. Should there be anything in the air other than the fragrances of flowers it could only be from organic sources.
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