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Return of the Native grows native plants naturally, without chemicals or pesticides, so you can create flourishing ecosystems. Owner Kate Harries is a lifelong gardener, with roots in Simcoe County for 35 years. A graduate of the Master Naturalist course at Lakehead University, she is a member of the Midland Penetanguishene Field Naturalists Club, the North American Native Plant Society, the Ontario Invasive Plant Council and Ontario Nature.

ADDRESS: 1186 Flos Rd. 10 E., Elmvale, Ontario L0L 1P0
TELEPHONE: 705-322-2545

Open 10 am - 4 pm Saturday September 1 - and 10 am-4 pm Fridays and Saturdays after that until the end of October. If you wish to come another day or time, please call (705-322-2545) or email ( and we can arrange to be here.

Payment: cash, e-transfer, cheque or card.


CONSULTATION on native plantings and invasives control: Advice and suggestions for new gardeners, or for old ones working to make a more earth-friendly space. Cost: $100 for an on-site consultation payable at time of visit (includes written report) for residents of Wasaga Beach / Barrie / Midland and points in between. Mileage @ 55 cents/km to go further afield. Call 704-322-2545 to make an appointment.


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From Midland: south on Cty. Rd. 93 through Waverley, west on Flos Rd. 10 E to #1186.
From Barrie: north on Hwy. 27 through Elmvale, east on Flos Rd. 10 E. to #1186