Here lies the inspiration for Cottage Botanicals Apothecary & Herb Farm: a little bit of Scotland brought to Ontario.
Looking west from Kingshouse Hotel, Rannoch Moor, Scotland, you can see the Three Sisters mountain range in the background and the beautiful pink blossoms of Heather blooming in the foreground. Glencoe village is just a hop-skip-and stone’s throw past the Clachaig Inn Pub where owner Alyson Prokop lived and worked in 2011 (not the pub, but a hostel). It was this valley where she fell in love with the majesty and beauty of the Highlands and Scotch Heather.
In late summer, fields of mauve-pink and rose-pink Heather can be found all over Scotland and England where the shrubs grow wild in the wet, peaty soil. At Cottage Botanicals we bring this beautiful and resilient plant to you.
In Canada, the Atlantic provinces and certain areas of Ontario are best suited to growing these ericaceous plants as they grow marvelously well with conifers and in acidic soils. And although Heather is an acid loving plant, the cultivars we have chosen at Cottage Botanicals are suitable for alkaline soils.
Cottage Botanicals grows a number of herbs on its property in Dundas, Ontario with a focus on Heathers (Calluna sp.). Other plants we grow include witch hazel, forsythia, rose, calendula, mints and 5 cultivars of lavender.