Just a short jaunt from the Niagara Falls, visitors can be transported to the beautiful and lush Botanical Gardens, a spectacular setting of 40 hectares (99 acres) of immaculately maintained horticultural beauty.
The Botanical Gardens is a horticulturist wonderland; a place where visitors can wander among a huge range of specimens in the Living Plant Collection and Arboretum, which covers a large area of the Botanical Gardens and contains collections of hardy woody trees and plants. The Botanical Gardens, which are just 9 km (5 miles) from the falls, also serve as a unique outdoor classroom for students attending the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, a three-year ornamental horticulture diploma program. The park also includes a rose garden, rock garden, green houses, seasonal flower beds and a unique Dwarf Conifer Collection that is being developed in conjunction with the School of Horticulture Alumni Association. The dwarf conifer garden is scheduled for major expansion in the coming years.
The Botanical Gardens Niagara Falls are home to the beautifully designed Butterfly Conservatory, a habitat for native butterflies such as the Monarch, Tiger Swallowtail, Painted Lady and Mourning Cloak. A large steel butterfly sculpture provides an lovely backdrop for photos while real life butterflies are lured to linger by the various butterfly attracting plants, including Buddleia (Butterfly Bush), Syringa (Lilac), Viburnum, Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed), Asclepias (Milkweed) and ornamental grasses – which are hosts to butterfly larvae.
Established in 1936, visitors can wander the expansive grounds and enjoy perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, formal parterre garden, shade, herb and vegetable plantings, as well as a world-famous rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses. The Botanical Gardens are part of the Niagara Garden Trail, a collection of the Niagara Parks system which maintains gardens and other natural and beautiful attractions such as the Floral Clock, Queen Victoria Park, Oakes Garden Theatre and the Floral Show house.
During summer months visitors can treat themselves to a horse and carriage tour of the gardens, available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a cost of $18.50 per person. Visitors can also download the Niagara Parks Garden app for free which will take them on a guided walking tour and includes interesting and entertaining narratives and read-alongs. The park also offers free WIFI for visitors.
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