This native plant nursery was established 16 years ago as a focal point for action, to give something back, and to heal the planet.
With this website we hope to show you the beauty and functionality of the plants that grow naturally in our area. They are our natural heritage. These plants have been here since the last glaciation formed the Great Lakes; the wildlife of the area need them to survive. Many creatures that are struggling for survival depend on native plants for their existence and each of us can make a simple and profound contribution by planting them. Even in the city, a postage stamp of natural habitat helps migrating butterflies and songbirds find respite and get food along the way!
I hope through the catalogue, website, farm trails, gardens and workshops to convince you to shift your perspective towards the simple beauty of our indigenous plants.
My goals with each of the natural habitats created on this 95-acre farm are to foster the health of a broad range of ecosystems and to heal the planet. What flourished are magical areas of great beauty and increasing biodiversity, which brings more species of birds, butterflies, and frogs each year. I take a bottom up approach to planet healing – heal the earth and wildlife will come – sometimes even as you are planting the plants.
As you tour the trails on our farm you will see how each of my children have left their fragile mark – Keegan’s Prairie, Zoe and Daniel’s Forests, River’s Pit and Mound. Come and explore the many large-scale ecological restoration projects that have been established over the last 15 years. Trails run through our many prairie, woodland, wet meadow, marsh, and stream ecological restoration sites. The tours can be self-guided or come to one of our scheduled tour dates. We are also offering a variety of workshops on habitat creation and natural gardening.
To make our nursery a valued resource for “someone like you [who] cares a whole awful lot”1 we have established a half-acre display garden that features over 100 native species suitable for the home, estate or large-scale habitat restoration. This living herbarium gives people a chance to see these amazing plants in their full glory.
Come visit us and experience the beauty and magic that emanates from each of these unique Ontario habitats. Recharge your spirit and drink in the gifts of Mother Earth. I hope that you will grow to love native plants as I have.
Paul Morris and the dedicated staff at Acorus Restoration Native Plant Nursery
1The Lorax by Dr.Suess
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