The Nature's Place, formerly the RD Lawrence Place is part of the Minden Cultural Centre focused on interactive learning experiences with a mandate to foster a love of reading, promote the art of writing, and deepen respect for our natural heritage. Nature's Place is a 1,900 square foot straw bale building that features solar thermal heating, indoor wetland waste water treatment and over a dozen "green" construction techniques.
• Soften the new hardscape entrance ramps/stairs/walkway with natural plantings that provide year round interest
• Create a low maintenance garden that reflects the values of Nature's Place which focus on appreciating and preserving the heritage and beauty of our natural surroundings in Haliburton County
Size – 24x21x16 = 180 sq.ft Shape - roughly triangular
The focal point of the garden is the mineral containing rock placed by the Haliburton Geology Society. The secondary focus is the field stones surrounded by sedums as occurs throughout much of our abandoned farm areas. The mugho pines remind us of the mighty white pines. The backdrop is grasses and the foreground is aromatic herbs. Daffodils will provide early spring colour followed by the perennial geranium (cranesbill) and the orange and yellow “ditch” day lilies providing colour in the early summer. The Rudbeckia (black-eyed susans) and shasta daisies (ox-eye daisies) will bloom in full summer along with the Echinacea (purple coneflower). In the fall there will be perennial asters (fall roadside asters), sneezeweed and hardy chrysanthemums. The berries of the cotoneaster should be colourful in autumn too. Birds should benefit from the many seed heads left for winter interest.