Hidden Habitat creates beautiful and ecologically healthy landscapes with a unique focus on design for the thoughtful integration of people and place, while protecting and promoting the biodiversity of your outdoor space.  Hidden Habitat services the Muskoka, Midland, Orillia & Barrie area of central Ontario.

Laura Thomas, a graduate of University of Waterloo’s Environment and Resource Studies program has worked in the landscape industry for over ten years; blending her passion for conservation and landscape design.  Laura saw the need for better, sustainable land management practices especially within the realm of private land owners.  Merging the elements of good landscape design with the practices of restoration ecology seemed both obvious and necessary given the fragmentation and destruction of landscapes today.  However, while working in the landscape industry she found that often people felt they had to compromise beauty for conservation.  Given her expertise in ecology, native plants and landscape design she knew that one could still have the simplicity and  impact of a modern garden while providing food and shelter for local wildlife.  Her unique and thoughtful designs demonstrate that healthy landscapes can be beautiful landscapes.

What we're up to

From the greenhouse to the garden and places in between.
    • When: September 20, 2018 6:30pm to 8 pm Where: Hidden Habitat 2017 Southwood Road, Kilworthy P0E 1G0 $35 per participant Learn the basics of how to grow your own native plants from seed, as well as ...

      Growing Native Plants from Seed


    • When: September 13, 2018 6:30pm to 8 pm Where: Hidden Habitat  2017 Southwood Road, Kilworthy, ON P0E 1G0 $35 per participant* Whether you want to turn a small piece of your lawn into a haven for ...

      Establishing a Meadow


    • When: Thursday August 9, 2018 6:30 pm to 8 pm (registration closed) Saturday August 18, 2018, 10 am to 11:30 am Where: Hidden Habitat 2017 Southwood Road, Kilworthy, ON P0E 1G0 Cost: $25 + hst ...

      Gardening for Wildlife


    • Spring has sprung with a flurry of garden shows and talks and I am excited to have been asked to be a guest speaker for our local garden clubs. I will be presenting at both the Gravenhurst and ...

      Spring Garden Club Talks


    • We are excited to be celebrating Earth Day, April 22, 2018 at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. We will be selling our Ontario native plants and shrubs as well as doing a short but informative presentation on ...

      Celebrating Earth Day at Wye Marsh


    • Native plants have a reputation of being wild and unruly, ignoring boundaries and growing wherever they wish. This reputation makes some gardeners wary of allowing them in their gardens.  This is ...

      Native Plants for Small Gardens


    • Join us Saturday August 5, 2017 for Wye Marsh's Celebrating Pollinators Event. Included with general admission, this unique event celebrates all things related to Pollinators - bees, butterflies, ...

      We are Celebrating Pollinators at Wye Marsh


    • We are excited to be a guest vendor at the Gravenhurst Farmer's Market this year.  On June 7, July 5 & August 9 we will be selling a variety of native plants perfect for the Muskoka home or cottage. ...

      To the Market We Go


    • Native vegetation evolved to live with the local climate, soil types, and animals. This long process brings us several gardening advantages*. Save Water: Once established, native plants need little ...

      Benefits of Using Native Plants


    • This is a question I get asked a lot, and surprisingly there isn't consensus. There are vague definitions as seen below, but the jury is still out on a strict definition of what constitutes a native plant. ...

      What is a native plant?


    • Establishing a Meadow, $35 Saturday September 28, 2017 | 1pm to 4pm Whether you want to turn a small piece of your lawn into a haven for birds and butterflies, or have a field you want to return to ...

      Workshop Series for 2017


    •  Let our passion for conservation and natural design help you create your ideal outdoor space. Whether you have a small patio or hectares of land, Hidden Habitat can design an outdoor oasis not only ...

      Welcome to Hidden Habitat


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