Sign for the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & School of Horticulture

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens is a lush destination for nature lovers and horticulture enthusiasts alike. Located on the scenic Niagara Parkway and the Great Gorge, just a 10-minute drive north of Niagara Falls, this beautiful garden setting is home to the Butterfly Conservatory and serves as the unique outdoor classroom for students attending the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture.

Since 1936, visitors have been in awe of the 40 hectares (99 acres) of beautifully maintained gardens. Visitors can enjoy a variety of different gardens, including perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, a formal parterre garden, shade plantings, herb and vegetable plantings, as well as the world-famous rose garden, which features over 2,400 roses.

The best part? Admission to the Botanical Gardens is free! However, parking at the Botanical Gardens is metered. The gardens are open daily, year-round, from dawn until dusk.

Every season reveals new gorgeous blooms at the Botanical Gardens, particularly along the many peaceful walking trails and through the arboretum, showcasing one of Canada’s finest tree collections. Visitors can indulge their senses in the aromatic herb garden or relax in one of the serene sitting areas. A visit to the rose garden, which boasts over 2,400 roses, will highlight why it is one of North America’s largest and most distinguished Victorian rose gardens.

The Botanical Gardens also feature seasonal display beds, designed by students of the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. These stunning displays feature over 80,000 annual plants grown in the on-site greenhouse. Visitors can spot 150 student-designed hanging baskets throughout the gardens during the growing season.

The Niagara Parks School of Horticulture is located on the grounds of the Botanical Gardens. Established in 1936, the school has been growing world leader in horticulture through a unique post-secondary experience. Students, staff, and alumni with a passion for the art, science, and mystery of horticulture contribute to the groundskeeping of the Botanical Gardens to welcome visitors from around the world.

At Niagara Parks, they take pride in their integrated pest management approach to the maintenance of the garden collections. They consciously use pest control practices with the least environmental impact, such as planting more disease-resistant species and removing the potential for weed infestation through mechanical means. Naturally occurring biopesticides are only used in the gardens after carefully monitoring any severe threats.

Experience the beauty of nature and the art of horticulture at Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. With 99 acres of award-winning landscapes complemented by vibrant seasonal blooms and lush, overflowing gardens, it is a wonderful destination for any traveler visiting Niagara. And with free admission and metered parking, there’s no excuse not to visit this beautiful oasis.