Lost Horizons Nursery and
Garden Design and Construction Company.
|Lost Horizons started out as a garden design and construction company several years ago, but we soon ran into trouble finding the perennials we wanted to use in our landscapes. One thing led to another, and we began sowing seeds and dividing plants. We are continually searching for and trying new plants; indeed, it sometimes seems an obsession (is there a need for Seedaholics Anonymous?).
The plants offered by Lost Horizons range from old cottage garden favourites to delicate alpines. A few horticultural thugs are listed -- unmasked -- but even they serve as useful groundcovers in restricted situations. The range of difficulty runs from easy to difficult (but not impossible). Gardeners tend to move from easier plants to ever-increasing challenges. Gardening can certainly be an intellectual as well as a physical challenge. There may be temporary setbacks, but they double our resolve to try again -- in a different spot, in different soil.
All of this brings to mind the saying "Been there, killed that"! Joseph Haldas takes the view that it wasn't the plant, which caused difficulty, but rather the ability of the gardener. Plants come and go; some overstep their boundaries, some completely surprise us. Of all features of a garden, foliage is one of the most significant; the interplay of sizes, forms, textures, and colours creates much of the magic while flowers bloom and fade, providing fleeting highlights to this background. Perhaps the best thing about gardening is that it is an ever-changing, never-ending process.
Lost Horizons has extensive gardens, which are open for visiting. We welcome you to take this opportunity for viewing established examples of new and unusual varieties. You are also free to wander through the trial beds in order to see the most recent, developing plants.
A note about the name
|“Lost Horizons” is derived from the Frank Capra film, which held me spellbound as a child. Everything thrived in that luxuriant paradise hidden high in the mountains, far from the stress of the world. We hope that, with the assistance of Lost Horizons, you can create your own Shangri-la.|