Welcome to our living laboratory of Native and Carolinian trees, shrubs and wildflowers! Located between Wonderland Road and the former Wonderland Gardens, in London Ontario. We invite you to explore our hectare and a half - connect with nature, sit and read a book, stroll along our woodchip paths, or simply come and enjoy the seasonal changes in foliage, flower and fruit.
In 1990, the area was nothing more than open parkland, unappreciated for its potential as an education and environmental resource. The Garden Club envisioned, initiated, designed and planned its restoration. Developed and maintained by its members since 1992, the area has become a fully restored natural woodland, rich in biodiversity.
Over 25 years in the making, the work is ongoing and continues to be funded by the Garden Club of London with the support of London Parks and Recreation.
On-site exploration and annual tours have sparked a renewed interest in conservation and responsible stewardship. Schools with environmental studies are invited to participate in clean-up and planting as part of a mentorship program to nurture civic responsibility and pride. Elementary grades are also welcome to come and learn about nature in the wild as they experience a variety of fun woodland activities.
The Garden Club is proud to receive in 2015 the Carolinian Canada Coalition Award, for those who work to benefit nature in the Carolinian region. In 2016, the Woodland Restoration project was recognized by the Ontario Parks Association for our long term contribution towards ‘Protecting Tomorrow Today’