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Heart of Bruce Botanical Gardens Tour

Bruce County’s interior region is a place of growth, with vast fields of farmland and diverse forests. It is no surprise, then, that this area features some rich and beautiful botanical gardens with unique plants and wildflowers to discover and enjoy. 

Route

Start Point: Ripley

End Point: Walkerton

Key Points

Distance: 72km

Days: 1 Day

Surface: Partially Paved

Good For:

Families

Plant-Lovers

Beginning this tour in Ripley at the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens, you’ll be amazed by the variety of sustainable, organic food plants, many of which are endangered and considered heirloom.

Your next stop is about 25 minutes away in Teeswater, where you can visit the tranquil gardens at The Healing Arc. They specialize in supplying and producing Natural Health Products – specifically, Sea Buckthorn! Not only are these beautiful plants good for the environment, they are good for our health too. Followed up by Sunny Nook Greenhouse and Produce, learn about the unique growing practices that make farm-to-table so meaningful to Bruce County, and maybe even bring some home with you too.

Then, take Concession 10 until you hit Essentially Lavender, where your senses are sure to thank you as you take in the distinct aroma of this magical spot. 

From there, it’s off toward Walkerton where you’ll be able to wander 30 acres of lush gardenscapes at the Folmer Botanical Gardens and Garden Centre, and experience the colourful wonder of Davishill Nursery and River’s Edge Garden Centre. Cap it all off with a trip to a plant nursey, The Guest House, right in downtown Walkerton and then go exploring the area for a great lunch.

If you want to learn more about rural gardens in the region, check out the Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce Counties.