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    July 20, 2010


    Blackswampgirl Kim

    Oh wow! I had no idea it was all that gorgeous... now I definitely want to visit, too. (By the way, my favorite planter might just be the one out by the gift shop. Love the cardoon, dark sweet potato vine, etc.)


    Niagara-on-the-Lake is a picture perfect little "bedroom community" of Toronto. It's only about 40 minutes from Buffalo (depending on bridge wait times), and we love it there. We much prefer taking guests there than Niagara Falls, Canada. The drive along the Canadian side of the border is gorgeous -- grand homes, the botanical gardens & butterfly conservatory, golf course, the Niagara Gorge, bike trails and wineries -- what's not to like? We even rode our bikes from Buffalo to Niagara-on-the-Lake (okay, I did it once just so I could say I did). I used to do the Maid of the Mist adverting & marketing - I designed their logo!

    For an even better experience, I recommend, for people with the inclination, a hike along the Niagara Gorge from Niagara Falls to Lake Ontario along the Niagara river (on the U.S. side). I've hiked in great spots all over the world and the Niagara Parks trail cannot be beat.

    Glad you enjoyed N-o-t-L, and the wineries!

    Heather's Garden

    Kim -- I'm with you, that was my favorite container too. You must make it up there some day.

    Jim -- We promised ourselves a much longer visit next time so we can visit the botanical gardens and butterfly conservatory. I'm not so sure about hiking the Niagara Gorge, but we saw many people doing it and it looked like a spectacular view. Thanks again for recommending we visit Niagara-on-the-Lake. It made our brief trip to Canada into a highlight of the trip.

    Flatbush Gardener

    Garden porn, indeed!

    Susan Tomlinson

    My husband and I went to the Canadian side, too, but we completely missed Niagara on the Lake. I wish we'd seen it!

    Wish I'd had some of that maple popcorn, too...


    Wow. I am REALLY regretting forgetting my passport - this is gorgeous!! Great pics and good info.

    Heather's Garden

    Kris -- I felt dirty.

    Susan -- Next time you'll have to roll with us. We find the good stuff!

    Barbara -- That's awful. I checked my bag 3 times to make sure both of our passports were there before we left the house. I just had this horrible feeling that we shelled out $100 for Lee's passport just for this trip and we would forget it.

    Monica at Garden Junkies

    I feel homesick! Well, sort of. I'm from Ottawa but have spent a lot of time showing visiting friends and family around the Niagara region - it's such a magical place (if you avoid the tacky tourist areas). I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip up there and got to see the beautiful side of things :-)


    Niagara on the Lake sounds so charming and lovely. Your photos really makes me want to book a flight right now! The last time I went to Niagara Falls was when I was 7. I think it's time for another visit!

    Heather's Garden

    Monica -- It's a beautiful area and we really didn't mind the tacky tourist areas, they can have their own charm, the teeming masses were more distressing to us.

    Meemsnyc -- Go! You'll love it. Stay in Buffalo and drive up for a day or two. You'll love Buffalo too.

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