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.
What's new for 2013?
~ Our opening will be much sooner than previous years (April 6th) because we have almost 16,000 spring flowering bulbs. Our spring flowering trees such as magnolias, redbuds among others will be ushering in the spring season.
~ We have more than 5,000 annuals, double from 2012, to be planted throughout the gardens. Guaranteed colour from the end of May to October!
~ The fountain display will more than double this year to 116 fountains all choreographed to brand new music, composed by Darren this winter. Three unique fountain displays are sure to entertain visitors of all ages. Check out our calendar of events when each of themed programs begin.
~ Over 1,300 more perennials will be planted in April, as well as many new tree and conifer varieties. Another 700 plants including the entire conifer collection are now labeled.
~ Don’t miss our new Aviary (still under construction), however our peacocks, swans and other ornamental birds will be arriving in early spring.
~ Like most gardens, many more projects are ongoing and new many features will continually be added.
~ We are now carrying perennials in the garden centre with a focus on newer and uncommon plants.
~ A brand new Whistling Gardens book will be released this spring, featuring the gardens through the years and various individual plants in the gardens. It makes a great gift, keepsake and reference guide. It will be on display at the Visitor booth.
With so much to see and explore, we hope you can join us for an afternoon or even make a day of it. Whether you're looking for that special plant, want to see our fountains choreographed to music or just planning a day trip adventure to relax in a quiet atmosphere near a waterfall or our new two-acre pond, Whistling Gardens will create memorable experiences and cater to the senses.
Our unique Garden Centre continues to offer the largest selection of conifers in the country and unusual woody treasures. 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. Our growing houses are open to the public as well.
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|Nearly 18 eighteen acres have been cultivated and sculpted into 6 major gardens and collections. All the gardens have been seamlessly connected with nearly 4 km walking paths. Whistling Gardens is home to the largest public collection of conifers in the world with over 2,350 species, hybrids and cultivars on site.
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A Message from the Founder
Although the concept for these gardens started over 25 years ago, the task of creating and constructing them has been completed in the last 5 years, apart from running the nursery and garden centre. It has been a physical, financial and emotional struggle to continue. Of all my travels around the world, this journey has been the most challenging, exciting and rewarding experience all at the same time. It has conjured every possible emotion. Every time I have wanted to walk away from it, something pulled me back. I’m glad those dark days are behind me now.
I’ve learned a lot about plants, fountain mechanics, building everything from stone bridges to arbors, not to fight Mother Nature, but mostly I've learned a lot about myself especially my fierce determination to see it through. I'm excited and happy to see the progress of the gardens and the plants flourishing. I also want to thank vast amounts of people who have helped and urged me on during this process. You have inspired me to keep going.
The gardens are still young but they are growing at a "tree"mendous rate. Some 4-foot trees I planted just a few years ago are now 18-20' tall. Others that were 4 inches tall are well, still 4 inches tall, they are miniatures and behaving the way they are supposed to.
I truly feel the gardens have something for everyone. I have many more ideas that have yet to become reality. Finally, after 11 years away from music I will be able to spend more time writing again - especially music for fountain shows and other future productions. As the gardens progress, new technologies will be implemented as well.
Whistling Gardens is a dream I have kept alive for nearly 30 years. I hope people will enjoy the gardens now and for many generations to come.