The Luxton Garden
The Luxton garden provides a quiet space in the busy downtown area of Banff. Every effort is made to keep the historical aspect of the plantings. A specious lawn bordered by magnificent old trees is host to frequent garden party for visitor and Banff residents. From beginning of July to mid-August this unique historical garden is in its full bloomed.
Georgie loved her garden, and waited impatiently for the spring seed catalogues to arrive. She also depended on the old fashioned advice found in books like Flower Growing in the North, written by Norman Luxton’s brother George E. Luxton.
George was a well-known horticultural columnist for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune. He peppered his columns with advice from his Grandmother. “Grandma had no commercial fungicide for mushrooms in her lawn. When she was making soft soap for family washings, she used to pour a cupful of the lye water over the fungi, and they disappeared overnight. In a few days, Uncle Jerry would cut out the dead spot and put in a plug of green sod. It was as simple as that.”
Another wise piece of advice was, “When buying grass seed, don’t be penny-wise and pound-foolish. No matter how good the earth may be a garden or lawn is no better than the seed you put into it.”
Perhaps those words of wisdom and others like them contributed to making the Luxton garden in Banff the showplace it has been for nearly 100 years.
To ensure continuous blooming throughout the summer and to fill in gaps, some seeds have been planted, particularly alongside the house. This flowerbed has traditionally been kept as a cutting garden. Seeds planted have been chosen according to research done with the seed packets in the home, Georgie’s garden notes and discussions with friends of the Luxton family. Seeds planted this year include sweet peas, bachelor buttons, asters, bells of Ireland, cosmos, lavatera, nigella, stocks and zinnia.