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Keppel Croft Gardens

A horticultural treasure on the Bruce Peninsula 
Big Bay, Ontario

Hours and Admission

 

About Keppel Croft

Opening again in May 2024.

Come and explore Keppel Croft Gardens at Big Bay on the beautiful Bruce Peninsula. 

We have four acres of gardens, a nature trail, an arboretum, and Keppel Henge.

Bring a picnic and enjoy our award-winning country gardens.

Days and Hours

 

Beginning in May 2024 Keppel Croft will be open:

Wednesday through Sunday,  Holiday Mondays

10 am - 5 pm

Contact us for after hours visiting and photograph sessions. The light is so beautiful outside of visiting hours!

Contact

Bill and Dawn Loney

504156 Grey Road 1 

Georgian Bluffs, Ontario

N0H 2T0

519·534·1090

keppelcroft@gmail.com 

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice, 2024

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 Bluewater Astronomical Society 

Summer Solstice  

Thursday, June 20th, 2024

Keppel Croft, Big Bay

The Bluewater Astronomical Society provides instruments for viewing the sun.

Bring your lawn chair and your picnic. There are lots of shady spots in the garden for your lunch.

This event requires a bright day. Check this page or the Bluewater Astronomical Society page on the day to ensure the event is taking place.

 

Suggested donation  $5. 

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Program

11 am       Self-guided tours of gardens and Keppel Henge

12 pm      Get out your picnic and find a shady spot

12:30 pm Tai Chi set

 1:00 pm  Bluewater Astronomical Society presentation

 1:35 pm   Solar transit time-that's when the shadows line up 

                  on the summer solstice stone

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Enjoy the Summer Solstice celebration at Keppel Croft, 504156 Grey Road #1, Big Bay, Georgian Bluffs

Spring began on the Vernal Equinox, Tuesday, March 19, 2024 

Summer Solstice, occurs Thursday, June 20, 2024

Fall or Autumnal Equinox begins Sunday, September 22, 2024

Winter Solstice, occurs Saturday, December 21, 2024

Discover more about the creation of Keppel Henge here.

Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce

Enjoy these summer garden events in Grey and Bruce Counties.

View all member gardens at Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce.

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Among the Peonies at Ginkgo Footprints, Annan.

June 15, 9-5 pm. Rain date June 16

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Emily Bi and Dennis Zhang's Garden and Art Festival. Enjoy 350+ peonies in bloom, native plants and the creations of 25 local artists and vendors. 

 

Full details at www.ginkgofootprints.com.

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Summer Solstice at Keppel Croft Gardens, Big Bay.

June 20, 11 am to 2 pm, weather permitting.

Bring your picnic lunch and join in with the Tai Chi club before joining the Bluewater Astronomical Society for an astronomical presentation in Keppel Henge. 

 

More information here.

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Creating a Food Forest Workshops at Fiddlehead Nursery, Kimberley.

June 22 / July 21 / August 17th / September 22, 2-5 pm.

 

Experience Ben Caesar’s garden tour featuring his in-depth garden design for an edible landscape using applied ecology and permaculture. Harvest, prepare and taste garden produce.     

 

Full details at www.fiddleheadnursery.ca.

Photo:  Ben Caesar

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Music in the Garden Concert Series at Earthbound Gardens, Red Bay.

Sundays July and August 2-4 pm.

 

BYOC (bring your own chair).

Full details at www.earthboundgardens.com.

Photo: Brenda Sutherland

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Yoga Events at Bluewater Lavender Farm, Wiarton.

June 20 and 30, July 6, 7, 20 and 21, August 3, 17, and 31.

Yoga for all levels in the lavender field.

Grey Bruce Garden Tour

July 13 and 14

Fundraiser for playground equipment for Peninsula Shores D.S. Book online at Bluewater Lavender.

Wiarton Lavender Festival in Wiarton’s Bluewater Park, Wiarton.

July 27 and 28

Information for all events at www.bluewaterlavender.com.

Lilac Season, 2024
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One of the joys of gardening in Grey County is the late spring blossoming of the lilacs. Keppel Croft has a collection of lilacs from the plantings by pioneers on our farm to lilacs originally developed in Russia, France and the USA as well as the Canadian lilacs developed by Mrs Preston at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa. Here are some of our lilac blooms this May.

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Over Enthusiastic Lilacs

Our pit greenhouse is beginning to show its age. It is a Victorian era design, built into the ground and heated by the sun and the ambient heat from the earth. The north wall and the north side of the roof are well insulated. We planted a windbreak of lilac bushes to deflect the  winds that sweep in from Georgian Bay.

Unfortunately, the greenhouse has been overtaken by those enthusiastic lilacs. We need access to the north side of the roof to make repairs.The pit greenhouse overwinters many plants and in the spring it's where we put the seedlings that Bill green under lights in our house.

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Here's the  clean up job half way completed. We cut away the overhanging lilacs and hauled away all the branches .... and blossoms. The south facing roof is made of recycled glass. Over the years the glass panes have slowly moved down the slope leaving holes at the ridge line. In desperation last winter we stuffed the holes with plastic bags, and made plans for repairs this summer. The lower edge of the glass panels succumbed to the weight of Grey County snow and many of the ends snapped off. Look along the drip line to see the damage that has been done.
 

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The covering of lilacs had to be cleared the length of the north side of the roof.

It's possible to see the north facing side of the roof through the lilacs and repairs can begin now that it is possible to get a ladder in place.

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