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At FiveHaystacks Farm natural and cultivated environments are not mutually exclusive. Beauty is found in both, and both can teach us how to live more productive, more grounded lives. The farm offers simple pleasures such as guided nature walks to explore the flora and fauna of wetlands, hayfields, flower gardens, and bee yards, and more more structured events such as green exercise classes (stretch therapy, yoga, body flow).
We are the Makkinks and it is our passion to bring joy into the lives of others by offering our customers a magical experience where they can learn about the farm, the many flowers we grow here, as well bring smiles to the face of people who enjoy the giving and receiving the gift of flowers. We are a small family flower farm located in Tillsonburg, Ontario and right beside the Trans Canada Trail. The farm boutique is open every Wednesday till Saturday from June until October. Besides our farm boutique, where you can buy our bouquets, coffee, cold drinks and treats, you will find unique experiences in a rural country atmosphere including Cut-your-own flowers, workshops, tours and group activities.
This unique attraction is a very popular stop on the Niagara Parkway and is photographed almost as often as the Falls! The planted face is maintained by Niagara Parks horticulture staff, while the mechanism is kept in working order by Ontario Hydro, the organization that originally built the clock. The intricate designs on the face of the timepiece are created with up to 16,000 carpet bedding plants. The floral design is changed twice each year – it features violas in the Spring and four cultivars of Alternanthera along with green and grey forms of Santolina Sage during the Summer and Fall. California Golden Privet and Blue Festuca Grass may be used for contrast. The grounds surrounding the clock feature bedding displays and a Tower at the back of the clock houses Westminster chimes that greet each quarter hour. If the door into the Tower is open, you can take a glimpse at the clock mechanism and enjoy photographs that show the history of every face design all the way back to 1950. An attractive feature is a 10-foot wide water garden that curves 85 feet around the base of the timepiece – it is a popular place to make a wish!
For over 60 years visitors have come to Discover Paradise at this lush oasis, just a short walk from the Falls. Collections of orchids, succulents and other tropical plant species are on display throughout the year, along with floral shows that reflect the changing seasons. Flying throughout the greenery are colourful tropical birds that may sing for your entertainment! During the summer months, don’t miss the spectacular gardens surrounding the Floral Showhouse, including one of Niagara Parks’ extensive rose gardens, ponds and a fragrance garden where plants are identified in Braille for persons who are visually impaired. Wander along the paths or rest on a bench in the peaceful Artists Garden – you won’t believe you are in the centre of the city!
Blossom Café is a unique season garden café. Sit amongst the flowers and enjoy a three course luncheon that will satisfy the foodie in you without needing a nap. Lunches may consist of homemade soup, salads, quiche, fish, chicken or many other delightful secret recipes. Many of the herbs, edible flowers, vegetables and fruits will be harvested from our own gardens. Other produce will be chosen from the local Holland Marsh Farmers. Fresh and tantalizing is Blossom Café’s motto and the menu will change daily to reflect what is in season. The open concept kitchen is a treat for visitors who like to experience the whole process of farm to table.
After surveying many café visitors we decided to add a few new specials. Although you will have the option to order off the daily board a few club specials will be available for quick lunch breaks.
• Oak Ridge Moraine Trail Trekkers – Chef’s Soup, Sandwich & a Cookie for $15.00
• Bicyclist Club Bites – Chef’s Salad, Chicken Breast or Sole & Sweet Treat for $20.00
We can seat you with reservations inside the café or outdoors amongst the flowers. Our indoor seating accommodates approximately 10 guests at once. Be sure to reserve ahead of time to avoid disappointment, or a long wait time. Enjoy the many outdoor rooms including the zen garden, the shady pine tree retreat, the tiki umbrella for four, etc – we recommend you try a new table every visit. Outdoors seats 40.
Our roadside self-serve wagon features fresh fruit, vegetables, culinary herbs and flowers in season grown on the shores of Lake Erie. You are welcome to rest in our shade, enjoy the country view, fill your water bottles (municipal water), and enjoy our fruit. Open daily May to November while the sun shines.
Also home to Farm Dog Cycles.
Nestled on the banks of White’s Creek and bordered by Lake Simcoe, Whites Creek Flower Farm is inspired by our rural roots and the simple pleasures in life. Located at 1125 Concession 7, Beaverton, the property was once home to the Lake Simcoe Barn, and used for decades as a small dairy operation. White’s Creek Flower Farm embodies our deep seated appreciation for the simple things in life – fresh air, fresh flowers and the ability to slow down and enjoy life one day at a time. The Shop offers a variety of fresh flowers, locally crafted gift ware and simple refreshments. The Gardens are beautifully curated, lovingly cultivated and yours to discover. Both porch and patio are inviting places to sit and take in the surroundings. Easily accessible by bike with ample parking, we invite you to join us at White’s Creek Flower Farm.