Welcome to Gardens Ottawa. As a capital city, Ottawa boasts many attractions, historic buildings, landmarks and famous sites. Ottawa is also a garden city with over 140 public gardens, linked in the city centre by the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the Ottawa River and scattered throughout the urban and rural landscape of the larger city area.
In May, the city hosts the Annual Canadian Tulip Festival, attracting local, national and international visitors. In June, Ottawa Garden Days celebrates the love of gardening and the variety of garden experiences that Ottawa has to offer. In 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, a new National Capital garden experience, the Garden Promenade was offically launched. Whether you are an International visitor, coming from elsewhere in Canada, or live in the city, if you have a love of gardens, there is a garden experience waiting for you in Ottawa.
On March 16th, 2019 Gardens Ottawa held a very successful Spring Symposium at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, hosted by Councillor Mathieu Fleury. The theme this year was “Ottawa – A City of Gardens”. Gardeners and gardening groups joined us to have a conversation on what we need to focus on to make Ottawa bloom as a City of Gardens.
The following is a summary of comments received from 81 questionnaire responses received by Gardens Ottawa between February 8th and April 1st, 2019 and discussion groups set up at the symposium.
The gardens shown on the Ottawa Gardens Map are located in all manner of places, lending their beauty to public and private settings, parks, memorial sites, community centres, roof tops, green walls and more, including many member community gardens across the city.
Let us know if your public garden is not on the map, Info@gardensottawa.ca
The impact and value of garden experiences and gardening enrich the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals and communities. The gardens of Ottawa contribute to the beautification and quality of life of the city and provide attractions and garden experiences for both residents and tourists. The Ottawa Garden Map is designed to help promote increased tourism, as well as interest and participation in gardening experiences and activities around the city.