Whistling Gardens,‎ Ltd.

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Canada - Ontario - Wilsonville

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About the Whistling Gardens,‎ Ltd.

The gardens span some 18 acres, all connected with easy-to-walk paths to guide you on your adventure. Nearly every inch of soil has been moved in some way to build these gardens. Presently, the gardens are home to over 4,000 different plants including the world's largest public conifer collection. Many colours and textures heighten the senses. Most gardens are bordered with native plantings and/or a water feature. A man-made babbling brook and cascades can be found in the gardens. Our new pond is over 2 acres and provides a relaxing environment to enjoy the natural ambience. The gardens have increasingly become home to more bird species. At various times of the year, many migratory birds make an extended stay in the gardens. We have also seen a huge increase in the species of butterflies that frequent particularly, the perennial gardens.

The formal gardens include original designs as well as inspired designs from renaissance gardens and two gardens that once graced the grounds at the Palace of Versailles. Most formal gardens have statuary, fountains and extensive flower displays that show off their vivid colours all season long. The gardens offer interest all season long, making return visits a must.

Main Address:
Whistling Gardens,‎ Ltd.
Botanic Garden and Garden Centre
698 Concession 3 Townsend Road
Ontario N0E 1Z0 Canada

Telephone: (519) 443-5773
URL: www.whistlinggardens.ca‎
Primary Email: info@whistlinggardens.ca

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Darren Heimbecker, Proprietor
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 8 Hectares
    Latitude: 42.99887
    Longitude: -80.29718
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 4000
  • Special Collections:As of 2013, the conifer collection will surpass 2300 different species, hybrids and cultivars. This collection is the largest in the world on display for the public. Many specimens in the collection are the only ones in the country. The Conifer Garden has approximately 1,100 specimens but conifers are found in nearly every garden.

    Our collection contains an extremely rare Chinese Silver Leafed Cathaya (Cathaya argophylla), one of the 2 known plants in Canada. Our collection also features one of the rarest plants in the world - Abies beshanzuensis. Only 3 wild specimens remain!

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