The Witches Are Back!

This spooky season favourite is back by popular demand! We’re so excited to welcome back Northfire Circus and Bass Witch Coven for their NEW presentation of Theatre on Fire: The Witches!

Halloween Drive In

To celebrate the scary season, we’re bringing Little Pit Drive In back for October to screen some of our favourite Halloween movies.

Fall Festival

It’s almost time for the annual Fall Festival at Abbey Gardens! Saturday, October 16th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, come make some family memories with us in our garden. Come decorate Halloween cookies, make pumpkin crafts, ride ponies, search the gardens for scavenger hunt clues, savour fall treats and of course, pick the perfect pumpkin to take home from our pumpkin patch!

Haunted Wagon Ride

This year, we’re turning one of our trails into a Halloween experience you’ll never forget! On October 29 and 30, take a wagon ride through our haunted trail as you learn about the unsettling history behind the Glen and uncover some of its dark secrets. There will be jump scares, loud noises, and a LOT of scary scenes, so this event is not recommended for children under 16.

Welcome to Abbey Gardens in Haliburton, your destination for fresh local food, outdoor exploration, workshops, innovative businesses, events and more – year-round.

Situated on 300 acres, we offer a lively community hub perfect for the entire family. Adults and children alike
can explore the trails, gardens, and even get close to our rare Ojibwe horses. Interested in living more sustainably? There are many interactive learning opportunities on site. Visit our flourishing grounds today! Our story.
We look forward to welcoming you!

Explore what you can do

Events Calendar

See what’s happening this month.

The Food Hub

Shop our fresh items – in-store or online.

Fresh Produce Program

Register for our CSA program and get fresh greens 365 days a year.


Discover hands-on learning opportunities for adults and kids.

Hiking Trails

Explore our old farm trails on foot and by snowshoe.

Meet Our Ojibwe Horses

Become acquainted with this rare breed.

Equine Assisted Learning

Experience personal development with a twist.

Summer Camps & Day Programs for Kids

Kids love our fun, hands-on learning experiences.

Youth Programs & Volunteering

We have a Leaders-In-Training program and volunteer opportunities.

School & Daycare Programs

School groups, daycare centres and camps can learn here. 

Catering & Events

 Book our picture-perfect venue in Haliburton.


Get involved and support our mission.


Help us continue our work with a financial contribution.

Membership Benefits

Support Abbey Gardens and take advantage of annual savings.

Book A Tour

Guided and self-guided tours are available by donation.


How It All Began
Everything fell into place when John Patterson, a retired businessman, came up with the idea of transforming a local gravel pit into a garden. He was inspired by his trips to Butchart Gardens in B.C. and the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK, the largest indoor rainforest in the world. Both destinations are rehabilitated open-air mines that feature world-class gardens. Soon John began his search for suitable land in the Haliburton Highlands to turn into a greenspace where the community could gather, learn, and enjoy. In 2009, the dream became a reality.

Where We Are Now
What started out as one small garden has become so much more. As a not-for-profit charity, Abbey Gardens provides economic and recreational opportunities for our community. Everything we do here helps further our mission to promote sustainable living, so that more people can discover ways to reduce their impact on the planet. We have a dedicated team of full-time and seasonal staff who help manage our gardens, programs, retail, wholesale and daily operations. Volunteers have also embraced our mission and are integral to our success and development.


Abbey Gardens welcomes like-minded, start-up and established organizations to locate on our site.

Businesses on our site

Haliburton Highlands Brewing

County Coffee

Into The Blue Bakery

Haliburton Solar and Wind

Abbey Retreat Centre (ARC)


Gardening, ecology and cooking workshops. Volunteering, tours, field trips and day programs for children and adults.

Workshops and Programming


The Food Hub provides easy access to local food. Local vegetables, homemade salads and preserves, fresh-milled grain products, organically raised meats and dairy.

Food Hub In Store or Online

Find us at 1012 Garden Gate Drive, Haliburton,ON.     705.754.GROW (4769)



January-Victoria Day Weekend: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm

Victoria Day Weekend-Labour Day Weekend: 7 days a week, 10am-6pm

Labour Day Weekend – Thanksgiving: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm

Thanksgiving-December: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm