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Peaceful beauty by a shaded pond.

from all over eastern Ontario and even the Maritimes to wander through the seven acres. The woodland is filled with unusual gardens and lushly lined inter- connected trails winding throughout their property. There has never been a charge to view the gardens, “that wasn’t the idea; to become a botanical garden,” says Dave. Another thing the Ramble attracts

is a lot of collectors. Tucked into the middle of this sanctuary is a garden centre that specializes in experimen- tal and rare plants. Don’t expect to find garden knick-knacks, the store only sells plants, and that is because Rob and Dave want visitors to have a garden experience, not a commercial experience. In fact, plants are displayed in a manner to highlight colour and texture, contrasts and impact, as opposed to alphabetical location, supporting the learning experience for its visitors. All of the gardens and trails connect back to the Centre. Dave, an architect by trade is also

a passionate painter. Trained by none other than the Robert Bateman in high school, his works feature gardens and wildlife. Visitors will find his works in a small gallery in the heart of the nurs- ery. The Pavilion is located just behind the gazebo, tucked into the woods. The gardens and plantings have a

definite character to them, almost a Tom Thompson style. Interesting specimens of conifers in every shape, colour, form and scale abound. Red tip Norway spruce sport a velvety red colour in spring, turning brown then green as the season progresses, while Max gold offers a contrasting canary yellow. Several of the specimens of

The pond area was borne from the destruction of the ice storm,

You can find a conifer to solve just about any problem and add beauty to any space..

The most striking feature of hostas are the dramatic range of colour variation, and leaf type. They range through greens, blues, gold and variegated forms. With puckered, wrinkled, shiny, smooth or heavily veined leaves.

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