After careers in journalism, Nina Aprile and John Harris launched WildThings Plant Farm, a 36-acre nursery in the woods in Minto, near Mount Forest.
They used to say they worked as writers to fund their gardening habit.
Gardening and growing plants – WildThings plant list includes close to 2,000 varieties of perennials, shrubs and trees – has been their mainstay since 1996. They are organic growers, producing their own potting soil from composted leaves, and practise low-to-no maintenance gardening: seldom (in many cases: never) watering or weeding the farm’s multitude of display gardens.
Included are many large-scale hosta gardens, a grass garden at the entrance, new native shrub gardens planted along the ½-km laneway in autumn, 2014, numerous mixed perennial beds and a native garden. The hardwood forest, which dominates the property, includes self-guided wildflower walks featured in spring during the annual Mother’s Day weekend Trillium Festival.