The St. Williams Nursery & Ecology Centre is located in Norfolk County, in the heart of southern Ontario’s Carolinian life zone. The very moderate micro-climate combined with light, sandy soils makes it ideal for field production of bareroot seedlings as well as for growing native seed crops.
The nursery boasts fourteen acres of modern greenhouses, automated seeding and production equipment, modern environmental control systems, and high-capacity packaging/shipping facilities. Also, St. Williams Nursery’s production fields, equipped in irrigation systems and access to a supply of clean fresh water, cover more than 300 acres.
Seed Processing & Testing
St. Williams Nursery & Ecology Centre has facilities and expertise to clean, process, and store native seed. We produce native seed in bulk and packaging according to custom orders. We also produce a line of native seed under the Pterophylla label, which emphasizes our commitment to producing source-identified native seed genetics for ecological restoration and conservation in Ontario.
We are currently in the process of setting up an accredited seed lab that will specialize in the testing of native seeds to ensure that quality standards are met with respect to the commericial use and sale of native species seeds. This will be the first seed testing laboratory set up specifically for testing native seeds in Canada and is part of our commitment to building capacity for biodiversity conservation.