Doors Open Kingston 2021 - Barriefield Rock Gardens

Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The Bill Robb Barriefield Rock Garden that runs from the bottom of Main Street alongside James Street to the rock cut along Highway 2 was created in 1990. Bill Robb was a retired Bell Canada lineman and engineering technician who was instrumental in devising the project. He cultivated the garden systematically, using an aerial photograph that he marked off as he proceeded. Having volunteered at the local federal prisons, Bill enlisted inmates to help with the gardening, many of whom went on to work in the landscape industry. The garden, with its unique natural landscaping, has won Kingston Community in Bloom awards over the years and it continues to be maintained by volunteers, with funding from the Pittsburgh Community Benefit Fund.

Our Doors Open Tours are set up to follow health and safety guidelines as outlined in the Step 3 – Reopening Ontario legislation and KFL&A Public Health Unit specific protocols. As these are self-guided tours and are complemented with other guided tours within the village and other participating sites (St. Marks, Frontenac County Schools Museum), we ask that you register to let us know that you will be coming to enjoy the space!

Please remember to bring an appropriate face mask or covering as recommended by the Kingston Public Health Unit. Self guided Tours are generally spaced out from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and allowing for public spacing. Please click here to register for a tour:

Main Street, Barriefield, Ontario
  • Kingston
  • The Great Waterway
  • Tourism Kingston
  • Ontario Heritage Trust