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Leo Smit


1051 Hwy#1
Mt. Uniacke (Lakelands)
Nova Scotia
B0N 1Z0

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About the name of the nursery, for the curious: it's a pun upun my name and the location at the crest or summit of Black Brook Hill. Of course it's also about selling plants at the “peak” of perfection...

e-mail*: Some strange things have been going on in the world of e-mail, including servers dumping during overloads, spam filters filtering out non-spam etc; in short, it has become less than 100% reliable. I will always reply to e-mail!, usually the next day and rarely outside of a few days, so if you e-mail to me and don't see a reply within a week you should assume that something has gone wrong in webspace and please phone or write me by letter mail.

Please feel free to contact me by e-mail regarding any comments you may have on website content (eg errors in plant descriptions) or website mechanics (eg links that fail).

Business Hours

No regular hours, or even irregular ones. Open by appointment only.


Sketch Map

Driving Directions

First let me explain that house numbering starts over in each county that Highway 1 passes through. So there are potentially 3 number 1051's on Highway 1 between Sackville and Windsor, and this has created more than one lost gardening soul over the years. I'm in the middle section, East Hants. There's a big green sign when you enter East Hants from either end along Highway 1, advertising the World's Highest Tides. (Well of course at this end of the county we're 400 to 700 feet above sea level, so it'd be a high tide indeed that you would see there, not counting winter when the roads are so well-salted as to simulate seawater [except when they need to be]. But the other end of the county sits on the Minas Basin, so the claim has some distant merit.) House numbers are new-ish here so they were logically applied at 10 metres between numbers. So if you're lost in front of 801 Highway 1 and in East Hants, you are 2500 metres (that's 1051 minus 801, multiplied by 10) or 2.5 km from the nursery. Unfortunately this doesn't work in Halifax County (the Sackvilles at least), or of course between two numbers in different counties.

So to driving directions. First you must get yourself onto my sketch map. This involves getting onto Highway 101 by Sackville and heading towards Windsor, or vice versa. If you prefer the scenic route, get on Highway 1 in Sackville or between Windsor and Newport Corner instead. Third option is to get on the Rawdon Road in the Rawdon area. (Beaverbank Road to East Uniacke Road to Highway 1 is an option, but one your car won't thank you for, as 7 of the 14km of East Uniacke Road are a disaster, although there were signs indicating work in progress when I last biked it in fall of 2010; no actual workers though.)

From the 101 take a Mount Uniacke exit — Exit 3 at the Sackville end, Exit 4 at the Windsor end.

Wild Woods Wear

There is a lot of boggy country nearby, and little in the way of civilization paving over the wilds here. So you might as well expect insects at certain times of the year or day, depending on the weather. Expect them and you won't be disappointed. :-) although the past decade has been relatively bugless due perhaps to drier and shorter springs compressing the period of appropriate hatch temperatures.

All this is not meant to frighten or discourage, but rather to remind you that even when it is high summer at Historic Properties in Halifax it is still a good idea to wear long pants, socks, shoes, long sleeves and hats when you visit the bush; bug jackets are of course ideal. Alternatively, insect repellant. I have a few inexpensive bug hats here to keep the worst of the beasties out of your face, but they do nothing for exposed arms and legs. It can be late June before shorts become a reasonable option here on sunny days, and they almost never are when it's cool and cloudy.

The first scourge is blackflies; they're out for a few weeks in late May and into June in traditional weather, or only a few days after a warm winter, until the weather warms and the ground dries. Thereafter there are ignorable numbers in the shady areas but occasional extra hatches when the weather suits them more than us. Some years are worse than others; since about 2000 this area has had rather short and mild blackfly seasons; they were finished with before they were really noticed.

Mosquitos are around in numbers on cool days and evenings throughout the summer, but in hot weather are mostly in hiding except in shady areas. Keep in mind some of the pot farms with some of the more interesting plants are in shade!

With the hot weather of mid-summer come deer flies, which are mostly a nuisance hanging around the head but occasionally getting in a meal. Deer flies can be dealt with using Deer Fly Strips (available at Lee Valley Tools) on the back of a hat. It's not pretty, but it works. Usually we don't get deer flies until after the nursery closes, with my abbreviated schedule of the last few years.

Last updated March 2012


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