Please contact us to arrange a tour of our venue for an event or come for a visit when we open for the selling season in May to see our selection of herbs.
This is the most beautiful structure on the property. Built by craftsmen of the time by hand, without any nails or screws, about 200 years ago. The Heritage Barn offers an impressive glimpse into Ottawa’s unique heritage. The barn is now used as picturesque, rustic space. We host our Mother’s Day Brunch, various music events and wedding receptions in this beautiful space. It seats 80 comfortably but can easily accommodate around 100 guests.
History of the Heritage Barn
The Herb Garden is pleased to share a brief history of The Meehan Farm. The barns are still well loved and used for special events, happy memories continue to be created in them nearly 200 years later.
Michael Meehan came to Canada in 1823 from County Cork, Ireland. In 1824, at the age of 19, he was granted 70 acres of land on what is now Old Almonte Road.
By 1825, Meehan built a cedar log barn using dovetail joinery. The farm’s history illustrates the early Irish settlement of Huntley Township, while the design of the barn illustrates 19th century farming methods.
The Bergamot Barn is a renovated barn built 150 years ago. Sit in the shade on the porch or the patio in the sun. This unique barn is a great setting for your upcoming wedding, event or corporate meeting.
Upstairs, hang out in the Loft, a nice quiet place to relax before your event, or even just a place to change.
The Comfrey Cottage is the perfect showcase for a variety of artists’ styles. The sandblasted cedar walls make a perfect backdrop for all types of art and artisan products.
This beautiful gallery features an eclectic mix of artists. All works are available for purchase. Visit often to see the ever changing selection of hand crafted items and support the local art community.
At the Herb Garden, we offer a large selection of culinary herbs, and a variety of landscaping herbs. Watch for our upcoming events for workshops on cooking with herbs and herb storage.
Herbs Available This Season
By the first weekend in June, we will be at full complement of the variety herbs we will have available for purchase. This timing coincides with the earliest and safest time to plant without much risk of frost. As per the last number of years, we are carrying culinary herbs and groundcover herbs plus a few varieties of various plants.
The “Wild Walk Trail” is a short, fun trail that winds through the eastern edge of the property and leads to a wetlands. In the early spring, Lady Slippers may be found on the edge of the trail. if the deer do not find them first.
The “Perimeter Trail” circles the property – under cover of trees, behind the labyrinth and through the fields.
The Herb Garden is a proud member of the Ontario Labyrinth Community.
Walking a labyrinth can be a powerful tool for reflection, prayer, meditation, comfort, stress reduction and healing. Having a labyrinth in the setting of an herb garden is a natural partnering since many herbs have healing attributes.
Our labyrinth’s path is arranged in such a way that the participant moves back and forth across the circular form through a series of curves. As you shift your direction you also shift your awareness from right brain to left brain. This is one of the reasons the labyrinth can induce receptive states of consciousness. There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth.Labyrinths have been around for over 4000 years and are a rediscovered spiritual tool. Like Stonehenge and the pyramids, labyrinths are geometric forms that define a special space.
Experiencing the labyrinth can be very profound or just a pleasant walk. Each time is different and as individual as you are. Come see what the labyrinth has to offer you as you find your own centre.
Our labyrinth was created in an ancient spiral circle pattern, a sacred symbol that can be traced back over 4,000 years. The spiral and circle are the most basic forms found in nature. The circle expresses wholeness and unity and is considered a universal symbol of transformation. In its long history, the labyrinth has crossed cultures and religious traditions.
Our labyrinth is planted with numerous herbs, perennial flowers and grasses. Not only can it provide a healing experience it is a wonderful backdrop for wedding pictures.