We started building the Gardens in 2007 and subsequently built our new home on the property in 2010. Most of the gardens are mature now although we continually move plants around and add new gardens to the property. We would encourage anyone to drop in and enjoy the blooms anytime during the Months of July or August. Traditionally our peak bloom season runs the last week of July and the first week of August but you should find plenty of blooms just before and just after this time frame. We would suggest you phone ahead to ensure someone is home.
The garden got its name from two cock pheasants who entertained us on many occasions while we were planting. As we mentioned previously, we traveled from our home in Halifax to build and maintain the gardens before we actually moved onto the property. During this time we witnessed a lot of wildlife such as deer, foxes and pheasants on our lot (many of which still return). The pheasants were just too beautiful and entertaining we could not ignore them when it came time to creating a name. The deer on the other hand can be a hazard especially to our young shrubs and perennials.
Cecil’s favorite form is doubles so you will find a large variety of doubles growing in the garden, including a section reserved for Ida Munson Award winners. Lillian on the other hand, prefers the larger bloom daylilies, and enjoys a variety of perennials, so you will witness her handiwork throughout the yard. The perennial gardens are mostly her design, with Cecil providing most of the labour to build them.
Since we moved into our new home we have hosted an “Open Gardens” during our Peak Bloom. Please visit our site in the future to find out the date for this year. We usually announce the date in late June, early July, once we have established when the most blooms will be.