Maclay gardens Luxe hotel is coming back to town, thanks to the newest iteration of its signature garden.
The hotel opened in 2013 and it has expanded to the West End of the city and now has several gardens on site.
Here’s how to plant and use them.
Maclay gardener Kevin Toth is a veteran of the hotel garden and says that this is the most popular garden at the hotel.
“I love the idea of a large-scale gardening, and it’s something that’s been in the works for quite some time,” he says.
“It’s not like it’s going to be the only garden you have to worry about, but I think there’s a lot of new ideas going on.”
Toth says that the gardens will be maintained in the same way they were when they were first opened, by hiring staff to keep the plants alive and looking for new species.
“We have staff working in the garden who will go through all the plants,” he explains.
“And that staff will do a little bit of research and then they’ll bring back the same plants that they found, just for this new garden.”
Toths own a full-time job at the Hilton in the Hilton Garden Plaza, and he’s a regular in the gardens, especially when the sun is shining.
“The gardens are a big part of my life and I’ve had a lot to do there,” he recalls.
“You know, there are a lot plants here, and they’re very important to the garden as well.”
Tuth says that while the garden is open 24 hours a day, it’s important to know what plants to plant in the spring, when the water is good, and what species to pick up and plant.
“When I’m at the garden, I like to plant a variety of plants in a particular season, so I’ll take one or two different species of plants and I’ll bring them back to the Hilton and I will plant the others,” he explained.
“That way, if they do have a drought or something like that, I’ll have a lot left in the tank.
I’ll do a whole lot of planting.”
In the spring and summer, Toth will also pick up the rare species that have been found in the hotel gardens, such as the common, red-eyed lily and white-faced lily, and the species that are not native to the hotel but are common in the city, such the rare black locust, which has also been found.
“There are a couple of varieties that we’ll plant in certain years, and there are species that we won’t plant,” he adds.
“But they’re always worth a look.
It’s something to look at.”
Tottles also says that if you have a small garden and don’t have access to the hotels well-stocked vegetable garden, the Hilton garden will be your best bet.
“If you don’t want to have access or you don, like, know what’s good to eat or what you can grow, you’re going to want to go to the Hotel Maclaren Gardens and try some of the plants there,” Toth said.
“They are the most important in terms of having a garden, but they are also a little expensive, and that’s why I say it’s worth it.”
The garden is just one example of how the hotel has made gardening a part of its culture, Tottle says.
The gardens are also where guests will find other ways to make money, such offering a free coffee to everyone who visits the hotel for one hour every day.
Guests will also get to take home their plants from the gardens.
“Sometimes people come in with the same plant that they bought from the hotel and they will give it to the gardener and the gardier will give them a plant that’s grown from the garden,” Tottler explains.
When it comes to paying for the garden’s upkeep, the hotel also gives guests a discount on the hotel’s standard charge, so if they choose to plant the plants at home, it will save the hotel about $2,000 a year.
“People come in and buy it, and then we have to charge them a flat fee for that,” Totteles says.