The holidays are the only time of the year when it's appropriate to point at a poisonous plant and expect a kiss. Parlay the powers of mistletoe into romance with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of holiday decor, Christmas trees, and gardening supplies at Kingston Nurseries in Harrowsmith.
Helmed by acclaimed garden designer Randall G. Wieting and landscape architect Daina Eliason, the staff at Kingston Nurseries help guests navigate a vast selection of horticultural adornments. The garden centre unveils an array of rotating plant life, including freshly cut Christmas trees such as 5- to 6-foot fraser firs stout enough to cradle solid platinum ornaments ($38). For exterior foliage, winter porch arrangements comprise an array of ribbon-bedecked British Columbia evergreen branches, which seasonal celebrators can procure preassembled or can bring in their own container and create an arrangement themselves ($45 for a 9.5” arrangement). Those looking forward to spring can pick up annuals ($1+), perennials ($5+), and bicentennials or can enlist Kingston Nurseries’ design expertise through an in-home consult ($75/hour).
The landscape architects and gardeners at Kingston Nurseries have a passion for creating crisp outdoor designs. Randall Wieting––one of the nursery's principal horticulturists––boasts more than 30 years of experience in the designing and building of landscapes, and works to meld mass, scale, color, line, shape, contrast, rhythm, and texture into each unique outdoor space. The garden center provides helpful advice for home gardeners looking to stock up on greenery or inquire about the latest new plant species available for purchase. Still, staff members can't help but exercise their design muscles daily, so they also invite customers to bring in their home containers, then draft seasonal green displays to suit any budget or occasion.