GARDENS OF THE WORLD: CANADA

Our Gardens of the World series returns with snowy Canada. The North American country boasts an array of unique ecosystems. Mainly these ecosystems include forests, wetlands, grasslands, tundra, lakes, rivers, and coastal areas.

Within Canada’s striking landscapes, you can also find a number of equally unique public gardens. And while it may be a little while before you can enjoy the outside freely due to the current restrictions, we have put together a list of a few of our favourites below:

NIAGARA BOTANICAL GARDENS

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Opened in 1936, the Niagara Botanical Gardens presents visitors with 99 acres (40 hectares) of beautifully maintained European-style gardens. Here you will find a collection of perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, a formal parterre garden, herb and vegetable plantings, and their world-famous rose garden featuring over 2,000 roses. 

Apart from plants and colourful blooms, the gardens are also home to over 2000 butterflies! Visitors can explore the tropical garden oasis housed inside of the  Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory. Butterflies flutter and float around the conservatory freely as guests follow 180 metres of winding paths surrounded by lush greenery.

And if you weren’t convinced before, the conservatory is also wheelchair friendly. Making it a perfect stop for the entire family to enjoy.

MONTREAL BOTANICAL GARDENS

Found just a few minutes away from downtown Montreal, the Montreal botanical garden houses a collection of gardens, plant species and many other attractions spread over 75 hectares of land. 

Established in 1931 by Brother Marie- Victorin, the world-renowned garden is home to a staggering 22,000 plant species. Some of which you may find in the Peace garden. One of the many themed gardens found here. 

And while summer is the peak time to visit the gardens, there is plenty to do and see throughout the year. Such as the many plant sculptures scattered across the garden.

THE BUTCHART GARDENS

Finally, we bring you one of the most well known green spaces in Canada. The Butchart Gardens began as nothing more than an abandoned limestone quarry on the Butchart family’s property. Until Jennie Butchart envisioned landscaping a sunken garden in its place. Slowly the barren land transformed into the lush and beautiful gardens found today. The gardens are also a designated National Historic Site of Canada.

Spread across the 55 acres of land, you will find five themed gardens. The first being the Sunken Garden, the garden that started it all. As you travel along the meandering paths between the garden features you will eventually find yourself travelling through three of the other gardens. Namely, the Rose Garden, the Italian Garden and the Mediterranean garden.

At the opposite end of the park is where you find the peaceful Japanese Garden. Where maple and beech trees grow towards the sky and Himalayan Blue Poppies blossom in the late spring.

Interested in more gardens of the world or perhaps in need of inspiration? Have a look at our monthly blogs here.