We cordially invite you to join us here at Whistling Gardens, in Wilsonville, Ontario, nestled in Norfolk County just minutes south of Brantford and 20 minutes south of Hwy 403.
May 26, 2012 marked our official opening to the gardens. Since then, we have continued to expand all facets of the gardens.
We are now home to North America's largest public Peony Collection!
Our fall planting additions introduce a total assortment of over 1,200+ varieties!
The Conifer Collection now surpasses 2,000 different species, hybrids and cultivars. This collection is the largest in North America on public display. Many specimens in the collection are the only ones in the country, and also features one of the rarest plants in the world – Baishan Fir (Abies beshanzuensis). Only 3 wild specimens remain!!
Garden Centre Opens on April 27th 2019
Botanical Gardens Open on May 4th 2019
Fountain Show Starts May 18th 2019
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2019 SEASON MEMBERSHIPS, GARDEN DAY PASSES
& GARDEN CENTRE GIFT CERTIFICATES! - NOW AVAILABLE!
Garden centre and botanical gardens gift certificates make a unique gift. Season Memberships offer a savings for visitors wishing to visit throughout the season while saving 10% on their garden centre purchases year-round.
2019 & 2020 GROUP GARDEN TOURS & CONFERENCE VISITS - NOW BOOKING!
2019 & 2020 EVENT GUEST, PANELIST & KEYNOTE SPEAKER - NOW BOOKING!
2019 & 2020 GARDEN "Bliss" WEDDINGS & CELEBRATIONS - NOW RESERVING!
Spring... May thru mid June... Celebrate the spring blooms with incredible displays of Peonies and Iris. Magnolia, Red Bud and many other flowering trees add to the magical renewal!
Summer - July, Mid August... 1,000's of summer blooms reveal their beauty with Red Hot Poker, Foxtail Lily, Blanket Flower, Echinacea, Aruncus, Lilies, Day Lilies and more...
Fall... Enjoy the changing of the season when annuals are at their peak, Fall perennials Echinacea, Black Eyed Susan, Aster Blanket Flower, Ornamental Grasses plus much more!
- Book A Group Education Tour (10 or more guests)
- Book Garden Experiences - Nature, Horticulture, Beekeeper, Wellness, Botanical Drawing
- CARE Day 50% Admission Donated
- Rejuvenate – Musical Fountain Show & Bird Aviary
- Photo Contests
- NEW Arrivals! Ornamental trees, shrubs, rare varieties in stock
- Peonies, perennials, grasses and more
- Free horticulture advice
- NEW Garden Gift Shop & Cafe!
Visit our National Award Winning, Internationally acclaimed and one of Canada's only privately run Botanical Gardens and see why Whistling Gardens was recently voted as one of Canada’s Best Botanical Gardens. Explore nearly 20 acres where you can view over 4,500 different plants.
~ Be sure to visit during Peony Season (approx. May15th to June 30th). Over 1,200 varieties of peonies are now on display. It is the largest public collection in North America. Our conifer collection continues to attract visitors from around the world to see 2,500 species, varieties and cultivars throughout the grounds.
~ The fountain display begins Saturday May 18th featuring well over 100 jets choreographed to new music, composed by the owner of Whistling Gardens.
~ The transformation of a former corn field to what they are today is an ongoing project with many new features, gardens and plant collections continually being added.
Our catalogue of woody plants is posted online and features many new, rare varieties of trees and conifers.
With so much to see and explore, we hope you can join us for an afternoon or even make a day of it.
Our Garden Centre continues to offer a large selection of conifers and unusual woody treasures. We are now offering more and more varieties of peonies as well. For several years already, Whistling Gardens has attracted collectors and gardeners across several provinces and the US. We are proud that we have been referred as the "go to" garden centre for new and unique plants.
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|Almost 20 acres have been cultivated and sculpted into 6 major gardens and collections. All the gardens have been seamlessly connected with wheelchair accessible walking paths. Whistling Gardens is home to the largest public collection of conifers in the world with over 2,300 species, hybrids and cultivars on site.
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A Message from the Founders
Since our Grand Opening in 2012, our dedicated team of volunteers and hardy seasonal staff continue to encounter inspirational moments.
New ideas and continual change are a part of Whistling Gardens. Each season the gardens continue to expand and develop. This past year was no exception.
More on the Peony Collection
The collection now surpasses 1,200 varieties. Rumour has it that this could not only be the largest and most complete collection in North America but the world! This fall over 100 new varieties were added into the collection from peony donors David Maltby, the Cook family and Whistling Gardens. This required the making of new beds and shifting existing plants from one garden to another. Our Itoh Hybrid peonies are now making their way to the main conifer garden. This garden already has over 100 tree peonies planted in the garden. Multiple plants of each variety when possible are being added in clusters for a dramatic effect. About 200 Itoh were planted this fall. By the end of 2019, 450-500 Itoh hybrids will be in this garden. It promises to be a stunning display.
Starting in the fall of 2019 we will be offering several varieties of peonies grown in the gardens. Many of them are extremely rare and won’t be found anywhere for sale. We have decided to use this as an opportunity to raise money, a fundraiser of sorts, to acquire new peonies not yet available in North America. Please check our Catalogues link for Peonies to see what will be available this coming fall. The peonies will be blooming from May 7th or 8th as they seem to do no matter what the weather and last until the end of June. Peak week seems to be consistent with June 10-15 for the garden types.
Other new developments are in the works. The fountain theatre is about to get a major renovation over the next 2 years. This exciting project will include adding more water and more than doubling the number of nozzles to at least 200 nozzles and tripling the number of computer controlled pumps to give us more flexibility with the choreography of the shows. The new fountain design is in the finishing stages. Prototypes will be built as we explore the building of our own fountain displays to create water patterns that will be unique to Whistling Gardens.
Garden Centre Update
The garden has been rezoned and we are now able to have a cafe and gift shop. Starting in the spring of 2019, the cafe will be open on the long weekend of May. It will offer self served light lunches, salads and snacks prepared by our caterer, St. James Eatery. Their catered lunches for groups receive rave reviews and we are happy that we are now finally able to offer food to smaller groups, visitors and guests. We are constantly evaluating new ideas. However, offering our rare, hard to find and unique woody plants will always be our mainstay. We are gradually offering more and more unique perennials to the list.
A special thank you is needed for our staff and volunteers for their dedication, support and endless energy. As we become more and more of an international destination, their vision and ideas are truly appreciated and welcomed.
Finally, Whistling Gardens wouldn't be here at least in this form if it wasn't for members and visitors coming out to support and see the continual changes in the gardens. As many guests know, besides British Columbia you can probably count on one hand the number of private botanical gardens (not government funded) that are in Canada. The economic challenges are dizzying and constant. Your continued support makes this all possible. So, thank you for recognizing the value of our work and merits of the collections and gardens which continue to expand. Your genuine exchanges of encouragement are truly heartfelt as we share our private story of transforming our "corn field into a botanical garden".
Yours in Gardening
Darren & Wanda Heimbecker
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