About Us

Located in eastern Ontario, 50 km northwest of Kingston, Golden Bough Tree Farm has been growing rare and native plants for almost 50 years. Our seedlings are now mature trees in every province of Canada. 

Prices here are remarkably low because we sell only bare-root plants—not the pot, the soil, nor the sales staff. Our trees and bushes come to you in a dormant state. When plants awake from winter, they wait a few weeks for the proper heat and light conditions to begin growth. The reverse is true in the autumn when plant metabolisms slow down before freeze-up. Only during these brief weeks of dormancy can we dig, grade, pack and mail your choices.  

We offer plants in three forms: 

  1. SEEDLINGS One to three years old, dug from the bed in which they grew from seed. These seedlings are graded and priced by size. The smallest are replanted in rich nursery beds and sold later as larger, stronger transplants. SEEDLINGS are less expensive but younger and take more care. Hence, they are not guaranteed. 
  2. TRANSPLANTS have been pruned and quickly replanted at regular spacings in fertile soil where concentrated nutrients create compact, fibrous root-systems which suffer little shock when dug for sale two or three years later. If trees of the same size were dug from the wild only traumatized root stubs would remain with a poor rate of survival and growth. When mulched and regularly watered, Golden Bough transplants are guaranteed.
  3. OVERSIZED STOCK Some transplants grow too large to be mailed - 1.6 metres being the maximum length allowed by Canada Post. Customers who can pick up their orders often benefit by receiving XL stock for the same price as mail-order size. Stock that is left at season's end we sell for extraordinarily low prices on our clearance day. Big trailers or enormous vans are NOT necessary to get these trees home: pickup trucks, station wagons, car roofs, large trunks and fold-down back seats usually suffice. Bring a tarp.
Veronica O'Hara hugging her beautiful Spruce tree.

Success in transplanting bare-root plants is directly proportional to the effort put into site preparation. The quicker your plants are in the ground, the better they will grow. Bare surfaces heat up and lose moisture quickly so form the soil into a bowl (for easier watering) and mulch generously with straw, lawn-cuttings, leaves or woodchips. Heavy watering twice a week is better then a daily dribbling.

Basically, the first year shows little growth. Be grateful that your plants leafed out and are busy re-establishing their roots. During the second year the leaves should appear more lush and modest growth will occur. It is during the third year that plants take off. Time and again customers have told us of walking their properties and wondering, "How did those great things get there!"

A Few Tips

Tie your trees - especially the tall skinny ones - to a supporting pole or stake. Otherwise the wind moves the tops and tears the roots, which greatly retards growth. 

Try to remember your plants' names in Latin. Then you can tell a German or a Manchurian all about them because they use the same universal nomenclature. 

 

Fall 2020 Pick up Information 

Our Pick up days are: October 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th  from 10:00 am to 4:00pm.

When placing an order you will be asked to select which day you would like to pick up your trees. 

When visiting the farm we ask that you respect social distancing guidelines.

  

Contact Information 

We recognize the importance of customer contact and have found that regular mail or email is the best way to maintain this relationship. If you do need to contact us, please write to us at

Golden Bough Tree Farm
P.O. Box 59, 900 Napanee Rd.
Marlbank, Ontario K0K 2L0

or email us at goldenbough@lks.net  

 

The gallant seed picker, Ted Cormier, up to his spruces.
Picking Ironwood seed in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Picking seeds in an arboretum.