Rotary Centennial Gardens

The Rotary Centennial Gardens, located in Bracebridge at the corner of Taylor Road and Pine Street, is a community garden available free to the public. Wheelchair accessible pathways link the individual gardens and the many features. The site provides a variety of physical and sensory elements, both educational and meditative, including an entrance / entertainment pavilion, woodlands, benches, statuary, an event/entertainment pavilion, perennial and annual beds, water features, arbors and pathways. The garden is open for spring, summer and fall visits. photo_10_lg

Sponsors

Commercial:

Lilies in the Valley
Perennial Concepts
Wongonyi African Garden
Meditation Garden
Blue Heron Muskoka
Beach Road Blooms
Bracebridge Horticultural
Kathy Dyer & Sheila Morrison
Muskoka Field Naturalists
Sam Robinson
Home Depot – Bracebridge
Jessica Bell
Anglican Church
Sybil Jackson
Bracebridge Scouts
Dianna MacDonald
Richard’s Garden Centre
Richard Coltman

sponsors

 

Individual:

Bob & Lynn Jacob
Jan & Peter Rickard
Marnie Wright
Brian Tickle
Kathy & Peter Wood
Susan & Don Smith
Hunter Family
Barb Hunter
Anita Jarrett
Bryan Garden
Ray Moss
& Sheryl Ridgley
Dawn & Ed Novak
Ursula Uetz
Liz Vandenberg
Marlene Mischler
Jim Ansley
Melanie Moffat
Kim & Pat Northmore
Ron Broadworth
Diane & Nick Baranik
Ben & Johanna Oostveen
Cam & Emily Stephen
Bette Sweatman
& Carole Dockrell

Maintain or Lease a Garden Bed

In addition toget_involved_1 the garden beds maintained by the Bracebridge Rotary Club, many plots are available for individual and commercial sponsorship. Garden enthusiasts with limited space for their own, may sponsor and maintain their own plot or lease one. A garden plot is an ideal way for local businesses to advertise their brand and the community involvement.

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Reasons for supporting the Gardens are many and compelling:
  • The Gardens is a rewarding community resource.
  • You will feel good about your time spent in the Gardens.
  • Any effort you give will be enjoyed by the full community.
  • As a sponsor you may choose your time to garden.
  • You may have moved to a condo and have left a garden behind.
  • Your organization might want a team-building activity.
  • Your family might work together on a community project.
  • Students gain community service credits for their hours given.
Support for the Gardens can take many forms. You may simply come and enjoy the paths and benches in a setting that includes towering pine trees. You may want to become a Supporter and help with the Spring and/or the Fall clean-up. Notice of clean-ups will be signed at the Gardens. You may want to sponsor an individual garden bed. This requires a commitment to plant and maintain a small part of the Gardens. Some rules and recognition apply to sponsors. We currently have about twenty sponsors and we are actively looking for more.
For more information about ‘Getting Involved’ with the Rotary Centennial Gardens, please E-Mail: info@muskokagardens.com

 

 

Groups

Rotary Centennial Gardens is must see in your Muskoka destination planningfeatures_3. The location is great for groups with a convenient bus drop off area on Pine Street. Close to the Highway 11 and Taylor Road interchange, buses can wait at the Home Depot or Walmart lots around the corner until it is time pick up. The setting is perfect for a seniors visit on a day outing or a class visit for an educational school field trip. There is a horticultural expert on hand most days to answer questions.

Entertainment Pavilion

The entertainment paphoto_9_lgvilion is available for year ’round events and is ideal for any occasion. Access to electricity and ample lighting are features as well as the amphitheater style natural rock seating. The Rotary club holds several events at the Garden’s pavilion every year including luncheon meetings and a very popular Christmas carol festival in December with a sing-along to the Bracebridge Salvation Army band. Contact Bob Jacob at the number below to book the pavilion for your event.

Accessibility

There are ample parking spots in front of the entrance reserved just for photo_10_lgGardens visitors. Handicap vans can make a drop right at the entrance and the many level walkways – with no stairs – make getting around the grounds very easy. For those who have difficulty walking any distance, the numerous benches scattered through-out the grounds offer a chance to rest, relax, take in the breath-taking scenery and breath in the fresh air.

Rotary Centennial Gardens

The Rotary Centennial Gardens, located in Bracebridge at the corner of Taylor Road and Pine Street, is a community garden available free to the public. Wheelchair accessible pathways link the individual gardens and the many features. The site provides a variety of physical and sensory elements, both educational and meditative, including an entrance / entertainment pavilion, woodlands, benches, statuary, an event/entertainment pavilion, perennial and annual beds, water features, arbors and pathways. The garden is open for spring, summer and fall visits.

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Rotary International celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005. To commemorate this occasion, each club throughout the world was asked to establish a permanent project that would create an enduring benefit in that club’s community. The Rotary Club of Bracebridge, in cooperation with the District of Muskoka and the Town of Bracebridge, chose to develop a destination garden, named the Rotary Centennial Gardens. The garden was officially opened on July 24, 2005.