The Inglis Falls Arboretum began in the mid-1960s. The original concept was to plant only the indigenous species that were growing in Grey-Bruce at the time of European settlement. However, exotic plants were finally included because it was thought that the public might find them more appealing. When additional land was purchased, the arboretum was expanded, the older section became known as Trees of the World.
In 2000, several enthusiasts formed a volunteer organization, the Inglis Falls Arboretum Alliance (IFAA), to oversee the expansion of the arboretum. A design was prepared by a landscape architecture firm and included a new plant propagation area. A decision was again made to feature only the native woody plants of Grey and Bruce Counties.
IFAA volunteers embarked on an idea that was to become the Trees of Grey-Bruce Trail. Nearly 20 years later, what had been once a horse pasture has gradually been reforested with woody species with many that are labeled and planted in pods along the trail. A small but dedicated group of volunteers propagates the native trees and shrubs at the nursery adjacent to the trail. A primary goal of IFAA is to increase public knowledge and appreciation of indigenous trees, shrubs and vines and the vital ecological role of native species. To this end, we offer guided tours by appointment.We also collaborate with the Saugeen Conservation to host an annual outdoor education program for Grade 3 students. We promote the use of native plants in home landscapes by making woody species available to the public by donation. Recently, IFAA has made enhancements to the Arboretum including:
- Wildflower Meadow – located along the Trees of Grey-Bruce Trail
- Pollinator Garden – located at the front of the GSCA Administrative offices
- Woodland Naturalization Garden – located in the Trees of the World section near the memorial bench designed by artist Stephen Hogbin