The first impressions that our guest have when entering Knightswood property is the maturity of our gardens. This is very unusual in an urban center. With good gardening ]practices, our plantings have flourished. Mixed evergreens border the property and pathways. A small “Enchanted Forest” has been created on our vacant lot. The pathways developed with the mulch from trimmed mature trees; natural ferns and ground covers carpet the forest floor. Children particularly enjoy exploring the area and are often treated with the appearance of our resident chip munks ,scurrying too and fro.
Our flower gardens contain many perennials, flowering shrubs, spring bulbs and annuals. The colours attract many birds, butterflies and small indigenous wild life. One day two beautiful deer appeared in front of Bill as he was tending the gardens and in the fall they have been seen just outside our kitchen window enjoying the apples that have fallen from our apple tree. Another day we rescued our pond fish from a weasel who had stopped by with the hope of getting a few tasty morsels for lunch. In spring our many trees and quiet places provide the perfect place for nesting birds. Doves, blackbirds and robins always provide entertainment as quite often their nests are placed in perfect areas for viewing the young. When the young are being taught to fly our pond brook, waterfall and bird bath are wonderful places to play.
Here at Knightswood we work diligently to reduce our carbon footprint. Our gardens show how garden composting develops wonderful soil and weeding is kept at a minimum with our mulching practices. We compost garden refuse, tree cuttings, leaves and grass clippings. We also use low energy electrical appliances and low voltage bulbs light our gardens and the interiors of our accommodations. All our guests , upon arrival, receive a short course on composting and recycling and participate by dividing recyclable materials with the end result the very few items from Knightswood enter the landfill site.