Garden Initiatives

Garden Initiatives

Heritage School Garden

If you visit during the spring, summer, or fall, you’ll get a chance to wander around the grounds, the orchard and the 10,000 square foot heritage garden modeled after a 1907 School Garden.

The 1907 school heritage garden, modeled after the 1907 Rittenhouse School Garden, is located directly on the museum grounds in front of the main museum building. In Ontario, school gardens were developed in 1904.  They were part of the MacDonald-Roberston plan for teaching farm skills.

Interested in volunteering in the garden? Fill out the volunteer application form and we'll be in touch! 

Heritage Garden Programs

Join us at the museum to learn all about early rural settler gardeners! Explore the tools rural settlers needed to grow essential produce in their gardens in our Agricultural Museum Building before moving on to our community heritage garden to investigate the connections between gardening of the past and present. Create botanical sketches inspired by Catharine Parr Traill and plant your own heritage seeds to take home, while learning about the importance of agricultural sustainability!  

Heritage Garden Programs are booked from June 1 to September 30th only.

To book a program for your group, contact the museum at