Chimney Ridge Buckets and Blooms

When our children were little we often read to them from our collection of Berenstain Bear books, written by Stan and Jan Berenstain (Random House, New York). Often the books would begin with a paragraph that included these words, . . . "down a sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country . . ." and then off we would go on another adventure with the Bear Family. Well, that line aptly describes our location too. At the bottom of a hill on a meandering gravel road (yes, in bear country) youíll find Chimney Ridge Buckets and Blooms.

We fell in love with this idyllic setting when, wanting a lifestyle change for our family, we journeyed and relocated north in the late Ď90ís. Itís a decision weíve never regretted. We enjoy the peace and stillness of the countryside Ė in fact, itís so quiet here, we can often hear the drone of motor boats as they navigate Colpoys Bay some 6 kms away. Wildlife and songbirds abound and thereís always something going on at the wetlands - a donation left by our industrious beavers.

Itís here in this backdrop that we developed our maple sugar bush and tour gardens and we invite you to visit and enjoy this setting with us. Ten years in the making, with lots more projects to be developed, we now feature:

  • Perennial sun and shade gardens
  • A potager garden featuring vegetables, herbs and edible blooms

Future Projects

Old barn foundation to be developed with gardens which will likely be a three to five year project. Visit regularly and watch us progress.


Continued expansion of maple syrup business including a self directed bush tour and DVD of the syrup making process

. . . and a new garden or two may just appear along the way as well

Come visit us, sit for a spell and enjoy a little bit of the country.


June 16th to Sept 5th  
Wednesday to Saturday, Holiday Monday's
10 am Ė 5 pm
Sun by chance or by appointment.

Bring your picnic

Groups and tours welcome.

The perfect country setting for
 Bridal or Family pictures
 By appointment only


We belong to the Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce Counties.
To discover other gardens in Grey and Bruce Counties open to visitors visit



We will be partnering with the Sydenham Sportsmenís Association's nesting box conservation program for the Eastern Bluebird, American Kestrel, Wood Duck, bumble bees and bats. During a recent Garden Lecture Lawrence Smith and Bob Hunt of the SSA toured the property and found it a suitable site for their conservation program to help protect these species. As a result, nesting boxes will be erected and we will learn how to manage, monitor and report nesting activity.  

Come visit and learn more as we participate in this program.  

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