The Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens



Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens is one of the hidden jewels of Niagara Falls.

Founded back in 1936, this garden is run by the the Niagara Parks Commission, the same folks who bring you those wonderful gardens along the Falls at Victoria Park and Oakes Garden Theatre.

This garden is very special because it's a teaching garden too…

The School of Horticulture has its campus here, and they offer a diploma program in horticulture.

The students at this school develop the park and maintain all the lovely plants you see.

They also operate a small aviary.

Entrance to these gardens is free.

Here are some of my pictures from a recent visit:

Restaurants and shopping

The Conservatory has its own small restaurant with inside and outside seating. You’ll also find a gift-store selling nature-themed items.

Note: Picnicking is not allowed in the Botanical Gardens. If you want to brown-bag it, just drive or bike a bit farther down the Niagara Parkway and you'll find some good rest-stops where you can park and have something to eat. Or go back to the Falls area and have your lunch in the park facing one of the world's most spectacular views.

Within the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens you'll also find the delightful Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory (fee for admission).

Other gardens in the area, also run by the Niagara Parks Commission include:

  • The Floral Showcase, a large greenhouse, a real delight, especially in winter.
  • The Floral Clock made up of 16,000 bedding plants is just a little further north along the Parkway.
  • Victoria Park – opposite the Falls. Lovely gardens.
  • Oakes Garden Theatre (which is a garden, not a playhouse, despite the name!) – close to Clifton Hill and the Falls. Lovely gardens and statues.

Location

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens is 10 minutes north of Niagara Falls by car. It's on the way to Niagara on the Lake Ontario, another great day trip destination that you might want to check out while you're here.

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