Saint John Public Gardens
In summer, the Public Gardens is a green oasis of sweet scents, colorful flowers, and shady resting spots. 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.
Our spring and summer planting program for 2021 started in the greenhouses last November. The begonia cuttings for our popular hanging baskets germinated and grew fast under the new LED lights. Due to wholesale demand last year, we are growing more hanging baskets along with vegetables and herbs, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, winter squash, sweet potatoes, basil and coriander, for sale to our partner retailers.
“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.
After a year of COVID-19 adjustments, the Public Gardens is once again providing flowers for the City of Saint John to plant this summer. The Rockwood Park Campground will re-open on May 20th in time for the long weekend and is staying open until September 27th this year. Check out the Campground webpage at http://www.rockwoodparkcampground.com/.