St. Williams Nursery & Ecology Centre is located on a 450 acre property that was home to Canada’s first Forestry Station, which has been operated as a nursery since 1908. The creation of the forestry station was in response to the forestry and farming that stripped Norfolk County of its forest cover. The forestry station was a model reforestation and tree seedling production site in the province. It became a showcase and teaching facility as well as a 4,000 acre demonstration forest. During the nursery’s time being run by the Province of Ontario, it produced many millions of bareroot reforestation seedlings.
In 2009, St. Williams Nursery & Ecology Centre was created out of the vision to not only supply high quality plants, but to be a science and innovation centre committed to supporting native biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration. Today, we operate acres of field production and greenhouse space, and are the largest source-identified native plant nursery in the province.
We believe strongly in the need to protect, enhance and restore the natural beauty and biodiversity of our landscapes. We continue to be leaders in the nursery trade by specializing in native seed and plants for biodiversity conservation of Ontario native wild-type plant genetics.