Whether you have a small patio or a large acreage, Hidden Habitat can design an outdoor oasis not only for you and your family, but for the wildlife that call your space home too.  By considering the needs of wild species and incorporating them into our designs we create landscapes that are interactive, beautiful and unique.

Every design is unique to the values of the individual home or cottage owner. We ensure all of our gardens are supporting wildlife and look good all four seasons. We don’t believe that you should have to compromise beauty for function.  You can have the landscape you desire whether it be modern or traditional.

We offer design services for every scale of project, from small gardens to full landscape plans.

Habitat Garden Plan

Let us take the guesswork out of planning your garden bed.  Leave the plant selection and design process to us. We can provide you with a thoughtful design that compliments your existing landscaping and considers your design goals and site conditions.  Every design incorporates a diversity of colour and texture throughout the year with blooms from spring to fall.  Your plant list will include Ontario native species* that support the species you wish to encourage from pollinators to songbirds, salamanders or all of the above.

*non-native species can be included upon request as long they are not considered an invasive species.

Average cost depending on size, $450-$850

What your plan includes:

  • One on-site consultation
  • Detailed planting plan drawn to scale
  • Plant list
  • Inspirational pictures
  • Maintenance Plan
  • 1 Revision
  • 10% discount on plants included in the plan

What is this best suited for?

The Habitat Garden Plan is suited for someone that is planning to add or rejuvenate an existing garden bed.  Although we will take into consideration the full landscape the design process will only centre on the garden bed(s). If you are planning on creating multiple garden beds within your landscape, we suggest having a full Landscape Plan created.

Landscape Plan

Let us create a unified design throughout your landscape that reflects your personality and showcases the full potential of your property.  Whether we are designing modern garden beds or naturalized plantings we always aspire to ensure our gardens support Ontario’s wildlife. We will include plants that support the full life cycle of pollinators and songbirds with plants that bloom from spring to fall and a diversity of larvae food host plants for butterflies and moths. Pathways and gathering places will be thoughtfully designed along with hardscapes and focal points as requested.

Average cost depending on size and scope of project, $950-$1,800

What your plan includes:

  • One on-site consultation
  • Site survey, base plan
  • Detailed planting plan drawn to scale
  • Plant list
  • Inspirational pictures
  • Maintenance Plan
  • 1 Revision
  • 10% discount on plants included in the plan

What is this best suited for?

The Landscape Plan is suited for someone that is looking to have a comprehensive plan for a larger space like the front yard, back yard or the full property. Creating a unifying design will ensure that all of your space is used to its full potential and best reflects the needs and values of you.

Investing in a landscape plan for your property can save you time and money down the road as you avoid planting regrettable garden beds or planting ill-suited plants.  A landscape plan can be established in stages as time and money allow, ensuring that over time the design remains consistent.

Landscape Design and Install Services

Not wanting to get your hands dirty.  We can make your design a reality.  Installation services are an additional fee, dependent on the scope of the project.

For some gardens, we can skip the design and get right to the install with an on-site consult and informal plan that details plant selection and design requirements.

Low-maintenance Landscapes

At Hidden Habitat we are experts in low-maintenance landscapes.  We create sustainable, regenerative landscapes using native plants and designs that consider the ecology of your landscape so that you won’t have to water, fertilize or frequently maintain your gardens. Our gardens are not no-maintenance and we would be wary of any company promoting a garden as being 100% maintenance-free. Watering in the first season and weeding are usually all that is required. To ensure success we include a maintenance plan with every design. These plans also include tips on how to best maintain your garden for wildlife.

Contact us today for a garden design quote and discover your own hidden habitat.

705.828.6313 | info@hiddenhabitat.ca

Supporting native species in your landscapes also supports a healthier lifestyle, saves you money and time, and can provide you with thrilling moments of nature appreciation.

Have your efforts recognized by the Canadian Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat Certification Program.   The program recognizes the amazing efforts you are taking to meet the habitat needs of wildlife and allows you to have your property officially designated as wildlife friendly.

What we are up to

From the greenhouse to the garden and places in between.
    • When: Date: May 13, 2024   7 pm - 8 pmLocation: VirtualCost: Free Grow wild and think beyond a pollinator patch or songbird garden. This workshop will take an ecosystem approach to gardening with a focus ...

      Gardening for Wildlife

    • 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 ...

      Employment Opportunities

    • Our native plant nursery will be opening Saturday May 18, 2024 for the season. We will be open from 9 am to 5 pm for in-person shopping as well as plant order pick-ups. Nursery hours: Wednesday  9:00 ...

      Opening Day is May 18th, 2024

    • We are bringing back free delivery days to Barrie, Parry Sound, Midland and North Bay. BARRIE Pop-up Sale and Free Delivery Date: TBATime: TBALocation:TBA We will be selling a wide variety ...

      Pop-up Sale and Free Delivery Days

    • Wednesday, December 8th 2021 7pm 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, ...

      Seeding Native Plants Webinar

    • 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

    • Native plants for well-drained, shallow soils. As gardeners in Muskoka, we all probably have that one spot where the soil is barely an inch deep or the soil is primarily sandy or gravel. You've likely been ...

      On the Rocks

    • 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: October 13, 2023 1 pm to 4 pm Where: Hidden Habitat 2017 Southwood Road, Kilworthy P0E 1G0 Learn the basics of how to grow your own native plants from seed, as well as some tips and tricks that ...

      Growing Native Plants from Seed

    •   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 2023 (Date & Time TBA) Where: Hidden Habitat 2017 Southwood Road             Kilworthy, ON P0E 1G0 Whether you want to turn a small piece of your lawn into a haven for birds and ...

      Converting Lawn to Meadow

    • 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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