Gardens

Enjoy the Great Gardens of the Bruce Peninsula

Garden in Bloom near Lion’s Head

Here is a sampling of Peninsula Gardens, from Wiarton to Tobermory. For details on times, entrance fees and directions, pick up the Rural Gardens brochure at local tourism offices or visit www.ruralgardens.ca.

Earth Bound Gardens and Greenhouses at 14 Hea Rd., Red Bay, South Bruce Peninsula. Tended by Brenda Sutherland, John Close and Judy Larkin. 519-534-2483, www.earthboundgardens.com, earthboundgardens@gmail.com. Known as “The Lily Ladies”, Brenda and Judy cultivate thousands of lilies and daylilies in bloom all summer. Earth Bound specializes in plants native to the Peninsula and is a Monarch Conservancy Way Station.

Rural Rootz Nature Reserve and Healing Gardens on County Road 13 and Northacres Road, west of Wiarton. Created by Tom and Dee Ashman. 519-534-2522, www.ruralrootz.com, ruralrootz@gmail.com. The Adventure Garden of the Bruce! Five gemlike gardens on an escarpment ridge in the middle of a 100 acre forest.

Flowers at Earthbound Gardens

Flowers at Earthbound Gardens

Keppel Croft Farm and Gardens  at 504156 Grey Road 1, Big Bay, Wiarton.   519 534 1090, www.keppelcroft.com, keppelcroft@bmts.com. Bill and Dawn Loney share their 4 acres of perennial, shade and rock gardens created on a gravel ridge in Stoney Keppel. Enjoy art installations, nature trails and Keppel Henge.

Living Carpet is between Colpoys Bay and Hope Bay, #937 County Road #9. Owned and operated by Franzis and Joerg Leiss 519-534-3476, joerg.leiss@sympatico.ca. Taking full advantage of natural rock formations, ground covers of many kinds are complemented by bulbs, hostas and peonies. Flower beds lead to a large pond in a woodland setting.

The Frog and Nightgown Gardens at 24 Water Street, Hope Bay, 519-534-1060. Waterfront English rock gardens with a spectacular view of Georgian Bay; uncommon perennial plantings, shade and sun, natural stream garden and picnic tables.

Bury Road Gardens – Serendipity at the corner of Nicholas and Brock Streets (5 min walk from Little Tub Harbour) in Tobermory. Owned and operated by Joni and Pete Regan, 519-596-2389, jpregan@amtelecom.net. Nestled in the cedars you will find a tranquil, mostly shaded garden. This naturally sculpted garden, at the tip of the Peninsula, is a sanctuary for birds and butterflies.