The gardens at Rideau Woodland Ramble are the result of years of evolution, experimentation and discovery. They fall into several main zones, almost all in some context of shade and woodland.
1. The first gardens enjoy the dappled light provided by a stand of red pine. They can be found on either side of the house. This acidic area is the home of Japanese maples, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and a range of trees, shrubs and perennials. You may be surprised by what thrives in this environment.
2. The second area is home to a babbling pond, a collection of dwarf conifers, specimen Hostas, and grasses, as well as a further range of trees shrubs and perennials.
3. The third major area is known as Lake Ramble, a pond home to much wildlife. A large garden of conifers anchors this area, along with a large grass demonstration bed, and the Labyrinth.
4. The next major zone included is called Totem Trail as it rambles into the pure woodland and some of the surprises contained therein.
5. 2005 saw the opening up of the new northern zone at the Ramble, with dramatic plantings down Chanticleer Lane.
6. Hosta Specimens can be seen throughout the Ramble, but new gardens in 2007 showcase them south of the shade house and at the front of the property along Burritt's Rapids Rd.
All of these gardens are interconnected with trails and walkways. The gardens are planted to exhibit, both structure, or the "bones" that hold them together, succession planting to assure interest from first melt to first snow. In 2012 , we added a Pavilion gateway to one of the gardens which is featuring the Garden and Wildlife Art of Dave Dunn.