Welcome to Ardness Gardens, a 32 acre farm overlooking the Northumberland Strait. The view from the rolling hills is nothing short of inspiring. You can see Pictou Island in the fore ground and PEI in the background. The ferries running from Caribou to Wood Island glide across the watery horizon. The grounds of the property contain numerous flowerbeds that are home to many of the plants sold in the greenhouse.
Visitors often walk the grounds seeking out designs and plants that may be an addition to their gardens. Ardness Gardens Features a great selection of perennials, annuals, vegetable transplants and shrubs, and has a little something for everyone. Please feel free to check out this year’s offering on this website.
A good sized gooseberrie patch has been developed on the farm. The berries begin maturing around the middle of July and they make excellent jam. Please phone ahead to place your order.
Visitors are always welcome. Please see the contact page on how to get a hold of Don.
Ardness Gardens is owned and operated by Don Butler. He is past president of the Lismore & District Garden club and is currently an executive member of the Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs. He has written three books. The most recent one is “More Close Encounters of a Driving Examiner”.
Home-made Gooseberry Jam
Available for sale at the farm gate, my home-made Gooseberry Jam is made from my very own gooseberries grown here at Ardness Gardens. Each 250 ml jar is neatly labeled and makes a lovely addition to tea time or a thoughtful gift. Packed every fall, my Gooseberry Jam is available year round while supplies last.
Gooseberry Jam (250 ml) $5.00
Be sure to watch for me at the Antigonish Farmer’s Market for fresh gooseberries and my delicious Gooseberry Jam!