One word: Diversity.
This year plan your vacation around garden touring. The Rural Gardens of Grey Bruce is a network of over 42 private gardens dedicated to sharing their passion for plants. Gardens can range from a quaint backyard oasis to the grandeur of several acres accompanied by nature trails. Some offer plant sales, arts and crafts and one even has a fully functional model railway system built into the garden. The tour is self guided and each garden has its own hours of operation and entrance fees. Look for the "Yellow Daisy" sign that indicates the gardens along the backroads of Grey Bruce.
Diversity and beauty: two words that capture the botanical essence of Bruce County. From delicate Calypso Orchids and fields of wildflowers, to thousand year old cedar trees, the Bruce begs to be discovered by the florally inclined.
Flower Bed: The location of Bruce County in central Ontario places it between the great boreal forests of the north and the hardwood forests to the south. The Bruce has attributes of both of these regions and a diverse mosaic of habitats including dense coniferous forests, coastal fens and globally rare alvars. Local climate is moderated by the large surrounding water bodies of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Together, these factors result in an overall high diversity of plants on the Bruce - nearing 1500 species.
Butterfly: The gems of the Bruce are native orchids and ferns, which draw visitors from around the world. Over 40 species of orchids occur in Bruce County - one of the highest concentrations of natural orchid species in North America. Peak orchid blooming season is May, June and early July. At times, common species like Yellow Lady Slippers grow along the roadsides in profusion, while other species like the Ram’s Head Lady Slipper grow only under precise and delicate conditions.