Saint John Public Gardens
In summer, the Public Gardens is a green oasis of sweet scents, colourful flowers, and shady resting spots. In winter, we grow cut flowers to sell wholesale to local florists.
Two of the three greenhouses at the Public Gardens now have energy-saving LED lights, producing healthier plants more quickly. Having better control of the daylight hours and amount of light also allows us to grow more varieties of sun-loving plants.
This year, we are growing a new cut flower called Lisianthus, as well as our white Maryland snapdragons and yellow Matthiola. The flowers are planted at intervals in order to mature at different times. Most are started from seed with three plantings from November through to the first of March producing approximately 4,000 cut stalks. “For quality and cost, we try to germinate and grow our own plants as much as possible to meet the wholesale demand,” says SJHA Superintendent Mark Wilson.
Our spring and summer planting program also started in November at the Public Gardens. Non-stop begonia cuttings for hanging baskets have germinated and are growing fast. Due to wholesale demand last year, we will be growing more vegetables and herbs this summer, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, winter squash, sweet potatoes, basil and coriander.
After a year interrupted by COVID, the Public Gardens will once again be providing flowers for plantings around the City of Saint John in 2021. The Rockwood Park Campground will also re-open for the May long weekend with all COVID-19 safety precautions in place.