Laura Thomas, Hidden HabitatHidden Habitat is a native plant nursery that grows wildflowers, grasses and shrubs native to Ontario. We also sell Ontario native wildflower seeds, sustainably harvested from our cultivated fields in Muskoka. We offer ecological landscaping and garden design services. Creating 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 the University of Waterloo’s Environment and Resource Studies program has worked in the landscape industry for over fifteen 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.

 

Our work in the community

As an enthusiastic environmentalist, Laura likes to help out and share her enthusiasm and expertise with local environmental groups.  She currently volunteers with the Muskoka Conservancy and the Muskoka Earth Festival. She also volunteers her time with Hunters Bay Radio as the host of In the Dirt, a gardening show that digs into the weeds about gardening in Muskoka.

What we're up to

From the greenhouse to the garden and places in between.
    • Our native plant nursery will be opening Saturday May 15, 2021 for the season. We will be open from 10am to 4pm We are excited to be offering new plants for this season, including a small variety of ...

      Opening Day


    • Front yards are important. They are the first thing we see when we come home every day. The first thing guests see when they visit. Our neighbors also spend a lot of time looking at them. So, it makes ...

      Design Tips for Front Yard Wildlife Gardens


    •  Learn how to grow native plants from seed with Laura Thomas of Hidden Habitat. In this introductory webinar, Laura will discuss how to ethically collect seeds, clean them for storage, as well as ...

      Seeding Native Plants Webinar


    • Business at the front, party at the back.     Keeping your garden looking good but also functional (ecologically) is sometimes difficult for gardeners wanting to provide habitat. They ...

      Mullet Gardening


    • Gardening with native plants in the shade Listen in to my Gardening in the Shade episode of In the Dirt, on Hunters Bay Radio.   Types of Shade Before we dive into plants for the shade ...

      Made for Shade


    • Don't spend your summer indoors.  Work with a small but growing business in Muskoka outdoors!  Enjoy the beauty of Muskoka while learning new skills and gaining unique experiences. We are looking for a ...

      Employment Opportunities


    • Create your own custom native plant plug tray. Choose from 1-14 species to be pre-sown into your custom 98 plug tray. Each custom plug tray comes with: A selection of Ontario native seed ...

      NEW Custom Seeded Trays


    •   Seeding native plant seeds is easy and can be done in many different ways, from direct sowing outdoors to sowing indoors in trays. This method is a hybrid of both, and by far my ...

      Winter Sowing in Plug Trays


    • We are excited to announce that our online store is up at hiddenhabitat.square.site Orders will be available after May 16, 2020 for pick up, delivery and shipping.   New Plants & ...

      Online Store is Launched


    • I am thrilled to have shared our first episode of In the Dirt live on air on Hunters Bay Radio 88.7 FM. The first episode aired March 7th and is available to listen to online ...

      In the Dirt – Episode One


    • We are excited to announce that starting March 7th, I will be hosting a new gardening show on Muskoka's Hunters Bay Radio.  The show, much like my take on gardening will be a blend of conservation, ecology ...

      Getting in the Dirt with Hunters Bay Radio


    • Watch out Barrie, we're coming for you! We are hosting a pop-up native plant sale at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation on September 15th, 2019. We will be selling a wide variety of our Ontario ...

      Barrie Native Plant Pop-Up Sale


    • When: September 12-15, 2019 9am to 4pm Where: Hidden Habitat, 2017 Southwood Road, Kilworthy P0E 1G0   Take advantage of warm days and cool nights by planting in late summer, early fall.  ...

      Fall in Love with Native Plants Sale


    • When: September 28, 2019 1 pm to 4 pm (CANCELLED) Where: Hidden Habitat 2017 Southwood Road, Kilworthy P0E 1G0 $45 per participant Learn the basics of how to grow your own native plants from seed, as ...

      Growing Native Plants from Seed – Cancelled


    •   K.P. Manson Public School, in conjunction with Laura Thomas of Hidden Habitat, are planting a butterfly friendly garden on their school grounds on Wednesday June 12, 2019 at 12pm. Much like ...

      Severn Bridge School Befriends Butterflies


    • 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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