About Us

Who we are

Gardens Plus is a place to wonder, get inspired and enjoy a self-guided tour of the various display gardens located in all lighting conditions.  Then feel free to shop the greenhouses where some of those same perennials are available for sale.   Please note that the display garden plants are not for sale.  Green Houses, stock beds and sales area are out back.  

We are all about creating a memorable and enjoyable experience.   We know what we grow and only sell perennial plants that we believe in ourselves. 

The Gardens and some history

In the fall of 1996, the piece of property was purchased in Donwood and it was just that.  No gardens – no greenhouses – no stock beds – no water collection etc.  Prior to this the perennials offered for sale were only to the clients of the garden installation end of the business.   This installation business is now separated out and ran by Doug’s Gardening Services.   
Gardens Plus opened the nursery to the general public in the spring of 1997.  

The first few seasons all types of perennials were sold and more display gardens added.  Only one small greenhouse, then two, then two larger ones replacing the smaller versions.  As explained in many talks then the big box stores started to arrive in Peterborough and we found it hard to compete with pricing.  So, started to follow our passion and hearts and a new improved vision evolved.  Decided to specialize in the perennials we loved the most:  Hosta and Daylilies.  Back in 1999 not many garden centers offering anything more than the 10-20 common varieties.  Then thinking about gardening with ease only added easy care perennials to the list.
In 1999 we printed our first catalogue for mail order, 2001 complete the first version of our website and now in time for season 24/2021 our newest version where you can shop online with check out for pickup or mail order. 
Sorry a very hard decision was finally reached in spring of 2021 to discontinue our mail order branch of our business.  We promise that if you are within driving distance away we are worth the trip.  Just please always check out hours.
2022 is season 25 for us and we have lots of planning in the works. Please keep following us on all social media channels and here on the website for updates.

Hence our motto
‘We focus on easy-care perennials so you can enjoy your gardens not just work in them’  

With the help of the amazing Gardens Plus team, we all coordinate the activities of the retail perennial nursery.  Our goal is to create a unique, personalized and beautiful serene setting; a visit will convince you. You will not be disappointed.  

You will find :

  • An incredible selection of easy-care perennials: Some of the newest in Hosta, Coral Bells, Coneflowers, Natives, Hellebores, Daylilies and other easy to care for perennials etc.
  • Unique collections of many. Including the newest Hosta ‘First Blush’ with blushing pink in the leaves!
  • The largest selection of perennials in the region, if not in Ontario!

We continually strive to display new plants and ideas as well as keep old favourites.