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Rideau Woodland Ramble

The mission of the Ramble is to capture the imagination of gardeners and collectors. We provide unrivaled experiences, service and quality. – Rob Caron & Dave Dunn

The garden centre is nestled into the heart of the Ramble, and is intended to be an experience, like visiting the garden, as opposed to simply a commercial area. It is anchored by one of Canada’s largest glass enclosed gazebos, the Ramble House, home to an information and seating area as well as the sales area. All plant material is displayed in a manner to highlight colour and texture, contrasts, and impact, as opposed to alphabetical location, hence the Centre as an experience and learning tool. All of the gardens and trails connect to the Centre.

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  • Capture the imagination of gardeners and collectors.

    Living plants have their likes and dislikes. You must seek our advice should your plant be struggling. We will recommend the best planting procedure, location and continued plant care. We will not be held responsible for inappropriate location and soil type, inconsistent care or watering, rodent damage, acts of nature, weather extremes, insect damage, transplanting, chemical or fertilizer misuse.

  • Garden Tourism Award for Excellence

    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.

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