Try to imagine a small Royal Botanical Gardens or Butchart Gardens with spectacular displays of a diverse collection of edible plants that can be grown successfully in our region in a way that demonstrates sustainable, organic food production and invites tourism in support of the bourgeoning local food marketplace and food-based tourism.
Visualize of the following:
- Esplanades of flowering fruit and nut trees
- Knot gardens
- Living walls
- Green structures
- Sunflower teaching huts
- Colourful fountains and open celebration and event spaces
- Living sculptures
- Composting, water retention, and solar collection demonstration areas
- Alternative building demonstrations
- Rooms of displays involving the designs of regional artists
- Edible flower displays
- Companion planting
- Apiary (beekeeping) interpretive space
- hands on gardening experiences
Ripley Ontario, in Bruce County, will be home to The Bruce Botanical Food Gardens-Canada’s newest botanical garden dedicated entirely to sustainable market food production and community food security. The Township of Huron Kinloss has adopted the project for the community of Ripley as part of 23.5 acres of municipally owned land at the end of Park Street. The project team is in the plan development stage with a goal of starting site construction in spring of 2012.
Bruce Botanical Food Gardens website.