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Hours: While crop is on.
Thursday to Sunday 10:00 - 6:00 or by appointment.
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Enjoy An Old-Fashioned Harvest

Come and reacquaint yourself with your prairie roots at DNA Gardens. At our orchard, you'll enjoy the timeless tradition of harvesting your own fruit. We nurture more than 17 different Saskatoon berries, eight varieties of tart cherries, six types of black currants, four raspberries, numerous apples, succulent sweet plums, and perfect pears. Our orchard is a great place for family outings, picnics, and more! If you stop by and do not see us immediately, just give a honk for service. We are often working in the field nearby.

Local Attractions

DNA Gardens is located in a delightful corner of the world, just 22 km from the beautiful Trochu Arboretum & Gardens, which features a very avant-garde Sweetgrass Cafe. We are also 21 km from the incredible scenic Dry Island Buffalo Jump; 15 km from the delightful Trenville Park, part of the Red Deer River Badlands; 12 km from the McKenzie Crossing, also part of the scenic Red Deer River Badlands; and minutes away from the Elnora Campground and Buffalo Rock Golf Course.

Meet Our Neighbours!

Meet Our Neighbours! "Our mom is a chicken rancher."

Boy Eating a Cherry Pie

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DNA Gardens invites folks, to stop by for glorious fruit picking! You'll enjoy picking cherries, black currants, and more in our wild naturalized orchard. We have more than 80 different bird boxes out among the trees, and it makes for a beautiful experience for any age visitor. If you plan on visiting us to pick your own fruit, here are some items we recommend bringing:

  • A Hat
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • A Belt for Faster, Two-Handed Picking
  • Mud-Proof Boots or Shoes
  • Pails If Possible (We Have a Supply If Needed)
  • Friends or Family
  • Rain Gear (If Needed)

Commercial Fruit Production


Welcome to the Great Outdoors!

Saskatoons

Usually ready the last two weeks of July, we just love eating these berries right off the bush. Their distinct, sweet flavour is perfect for pies and smoothies. Plus, the seeds of these unique berries are similar to almonds!

Saskatoon Berries

Tart Cherries

You can't believe how great tart cherries are — they are truly incredible. Not only is their blast of flavour perfect in pies, smoothies, juices, and wines, but tart cherries carry many health benefits. Eat them regularly to reduce gout and arthritis. They are available throughout most of August, as we have eight different varieties that ripen at different times.

Tart Cherries

Chokecherries

Fast picking! Great for jelly, syrup & wine. They make great Christmas gifts. We have loaner berry rakes that work really well for them. Our customers love them. Ready as saskatoons are finishing.

Chokecherries

Black Currants

Ready in August, black currants are great for jam, juice, and wine (and are also Dave's favourite). They also boast unique health benefits. Research has even linked black currant consumption to reducing the risk for Alzheimer's.

Black Currants

Raspberries

With 4 different varieties to choose from, there is a reasonably long season of picking. Fruit is sweet and juicy right off the canes. Winter is long so pick lots to freeze!

Raspberries

Apples

We thin and prune and water and feed our apples and boy, does it show! We have a lot of the University of Saskatchewan apples out there. As you can tell, we are big fans of their fruit breeding program. Check on FB where we hope to keep you updated as to when the apples are ready.

Apples

Strawberries

Fruiting summer 2018! After 40 some years, I can't believe it. We are planting sweet and juicy Albion day neutral strawberries. These fruit will be at hip height making them really nice to pick. We plan to fill our back greenhouse with them so come on out and let us know how we did. Expecting fruit July, August and later. Follow us on FB for crop updates. Yummy!

Strawberries

Plums

Pretty excited about our plum crops now! They start early with Brook Gold and end up with Patterson's Pride. So sweet! Kids just gobble them down!

Plums

 
Nutritionally Speaking, Berry Smart Says:

Dark-coloured fruits are healthy for you! They have various combinations of antioxidants that help protect your body from heart disease, cancer, and more. Cherries help you sleep, black currants are high in vitamin C and promote circulation, and Saskatoons are chock full of iron, fiber, and antioxidants.
Berry Smart