Just down the road from Niagara Falls, one of the world’s natural wonders, is a beautiful botanical garden with 99 lush acres of flowers, plants, trees and plenty of open spaces to wander and relax. The Niagara Parks Botanical Garden truly is a secret wonder, because when we visited, there were only a handful of people in sight. We visited in early fall, so perhaps that’s part of the secret to a relaxing unhurried experience.
What a beautiful day it was. Autumn had just arrived and the sun was still warm. Clouds moved lazily in a blue sky and birds chirped us onward to explore the delights of this tranquil place. The air was fresh, and the scent of grass cuttings bathed the light breeze in its alluring fragrance.
Nestled along the Niagara Parkway this space is a joyful pleasure for those who love gardens and the peace and quiet of nature’s rhythms. As we walked along its tranquil paths we saw horticultural students tending to the gardens with care and joy. A short conversation with one of the students provided delightful insights to the place.
The School of Horticulture was built in 1936 and it is these students that tend the grounds and also surrounding areas along the Niagara Parkway.
The diversity of plant life is a joy to see and the formal rose garden that boasts over 2400 roses, takes considerable time and effort to care for, I’m certain. Every corner of the place has some joy to witness.
By the main entrance there is a shop and The Butterfly Cafe, so named due to the Butterfly Conservatory right next door. The cafe offers outdoor seating, which is a pleasure on sunny days.
Here’s a little thought provoking video which I filmed at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. You’ll get to experience this beautiful wonder through my eyes and consider the little secret I reveal.
Let me know your thoughts when you do watch. I’d love to hear.
Good to know: Entry is complimentary, but parking is paid at the automated meter. If you visit Niagara often consider a Niagara Parks Annual Parking Pass and save the hassle of paying each time.
The Niagara Park Botanical Gardens is located at 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Canada.
For more info on the park visit https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit/nature-garden/botanical-gardens-2/