Growing to restore natural biodiversity
We collect, grow, and supply a wide variety of Ontario native wild type plant species to support biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration projects.
It's our reason for being! At St. Williams Nursery & Ecology Centre, we aim to help protect the natural genetic diversity of local species populations to benefit the environment and everyone living in it.
Our team is experienced in providing a breadth of wholesale conservation nursery and professional ecological restoration services for other organizations. We often form partnerships to help collect seed and grow plants to further restore and conserve natural biodiversity.
We offer consulting project services from initial planning and design to implementation - including site evaluations, site preparation, invasive species control, seeding & planting - as well as follow-up monitoring and maintenance.
We produce plants in a wide variety of formats, sizes, and species through our wholesale nursery. To ensure availability, it's best to contact us early on in your project planning. We often grow stock on contract 1-2 years before the planting begins!
Our botanists monitor, harvest, clean, and store our seed collections sustainably and ethically from healthy wild plant populations. We can also assist you with seed collecting on a contract basis to support projects locally.
Over the past ten years, we've been fortunate to take part in many exciting projects and opportunities with our clients and partners:
1) Habitat restoration for National and Provincial Parks such as Point Pelee National Park, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Rouge Park, and more
2) Support for local Ontario Conservation Authorities with plant materials and services, including: invasive management, site preparation, seeding and planting grasslands, meadows, wetland, and forested habitats
3) Supply of source-identified native plants to cities and municipalities across Ontario, including Toronto, London, Mississauga, Sudbury, & Ottawa!
We strive to provide a diversity of native species in stock formats including bareroot and container stock as well as seed mixes. Please note our availability is currently limited for planting in Spring 2020 so contact us to pre-order for Spring 2021 projects.
We can supply a diversity of grasses, sedges, rushes, and broad-leaf forbs, including native wildflowers that will attract local pollinators.
We offer a range of woody species that include evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs, and vines. We can also supply cuttings and live stakes on request.
We mix seed to suit a variety of landscapes and project site goals and conditions. We can provide our seed in bulk or ask us about our seed packets.
We're almost sold out of our stock for Spring 2020, and we're accepting wholesale orders now for our limited availability stock!
Request access to our wholesale online store.