Business of the Month – This month we feature two businesses!
Blue Heron Golf Club
Joan and Dennis Sobil are the new owners of the Blue Heron Golf Club. Their beautiful nine-hole golf course is a “hidden gem” in the heart of Lanark County with 2011 being their second year in business.
Owning a golf course has always been a priority for Joan and Dennis. Their search took them from Nova Scotia to Northern Ontario and all areas in between. They fell in love with the Blue Heron Golf Club the moment they saw it.
The Golf Course is cut out of Lanark County’s famous maple sugar bush with tree lined fairways and elevation changes that are a challenge to all levels of golfers. Over the winter they have been busy making changes to two tee decks that will offer increased length to those golfers who wish to. The construction will continue throughout this season and will hopefully be in play next season.
New this year is the addition of a Senior Ladies League on Mondays at 9 a.m. to run weekly starting May 9. Other leagues are Senior Men’s on Tuesdays; Ladies Night (better known as the “Yak and Wak”) on Thursdays; Men’s Night on Fridays. There’s always time for nine! Call 613-264-1062 or visit our website at www.blueherongolfing.com.
What did Paul Loiselle see, over 25 years ago, when he looked past the abandoned landscape with its old log cabin on Harper Road? With a view to the future, did he see a landscape he could sculpt and fill with perennials? Yes, as an energetic young horticulturalist, he saw a place he could build his home, raise a family in a good community, and gradually create a nursery for growing and selling perennial flowers. Kiwi Gardens began, slowly and creatively, to take shape into the bustling nursery it is today.
Keen gardeners look forward to their summer visits to Kiwi Gardens; they come to see the new varieties of plants, they come for inspiration in landscaping, and for the artistic integration of sculpture, raw landforms, and stunning perennial beds.
Others come to simply soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the pleasures of a day out in a beautiful place. Novices find lots of good advice at Kiwi; the knowledgeable staff happily share their suggestions and help to make gardening less of a daunting mystery and more fun. Finding the right plants for light conditions, soil quality, drainage, and maintenance is a challenge that the staff at Kiwi are familiar with.
Plants are grown on site, and part of the excursion to Kiwi is seeing the gardens progress through the seasons, and knowing that the plants you take home are from a healthy, local environment. They have a much better chance of thriving that way, and you leave knowing that you have contributed to your local economy. You are also about to make your community a bit more beautiful, too! Visit the Kiwi Gardens Website for more information.