Stop. Plant a seed, pull some weeds. Stop and smell the roses. It’s National Garden Day in Canada, and in Ottawa we’re just a-bloom about it. National Garden Day is always the Friday before Father’s Day and it’s a special part of our Garden Days.
Garden Days happens every year in Ottawa and area. It’s a week where we proudly share the ideas, the flowers and the bounty growing in gardens across the community. It’s not just flower gardens either. There are community gardens, wildlife gardens, container gardens, destination gardens and more, all resplendent in our city.
They’re blooming everywhere!
Carefully tended and proudly photographed you can’t turn a corner without seeing a garden in Ottawa. Last week Garden Days launched in Ottawa at the awe-inspiring Global Centre for Pluralism. Michel Gauthier, the executive direction at the Canadian Garden Council led the event and introduced attendees to the new Garden Promenade des Jardins program – a celebration of our garden culture.
You can enjoy a living showcase of 40 gardens that deliver more than 70 unique garden experiences. The Garden Promenade des Jardins includes the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage site, bicycle and pedestrian pathways. There are prestigious historical landmarks and attractions. You can take your visitors or family to special garden attractions, artistic installations and themed events.
Garden Promenade des Jardins … three seasons of programming
Upcoming highlights include:
- Garden Party – Canada’s Biggest Garden Party – June 22-23
- Garden Photo Festival – Exhibitions and Workshops – August 19-20
- Gardenlicious – Garden Culinary Experience – September 22-30
- Fall Rhapsody – Celebrating the changing colours of our gardens – October 1-9
Visitors will enjoy a living showcase of 40 gardens that deliver more than 70 unique garden experiences. The Garden Promenade des Jardins includes the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage site, bicycle and pedestrian pathways and a scenic route that covers the entire National Capital Region. Take in prestigious historical landmarks like the Governor General’s residence and the Arboretum and other local attractions.
There is something for everyone. Take advantage of a circuit of capital gardens that is approximately 17 km from Rideau Hall to the Central Experimental Farm to LeBreton Flats. It continues to Sussex Drive via Wellington Street or you can take in more and cross the Interprovincial Bridge to Gatineau.
Take full advantage of:
- Self-guided itineraries
- Walking and cycling routes
- Bus tours with hop-on-hop-off service
- Boat and bus combo tours
- Official hotels and restaurants
- Special offers with festivals, attractions and museums
Visit Garden Promenade des Jardins and find out how you can explore the gardens. Choose by a specific route, map or category of garden and … you’re off.
While most of us (well some of us right?) manage a small garden in our yard or on our balcony, Garden Promenade des Jardins has some very special garden attractions. Take the time to check out the spectacular MosaiCanada on from July 1 to October 15, at Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau. MosiaCanada reflects 150 years of history, values, cultures and the arts in Canada. It is truly breathtaking … and it’s free to visit.
Another attraction, Populace kicks off this weekend and continues to Labour Day at the Canadian Museum of Nature. You can wander through this special 2107 art garden that features thousands of handmade ceramic flowers and feathers. Free to visit too.
And there is more to come.
No matter how you look at it, Ottawa in 2017 is blooming with excitement. Make sure you visit Garden Promenade des Jardins to find out how you can make the most of it.
Finally, from little seeds do big trees grow. The joy of gardens and gardening is alive and well in Ottawa.
For more information visit the www.gardenpromenade.ca
Stacey Diffin-Lafleur (@TheStacey) is an award-winning and regular contributor to Ottawatonite.com. Known for her wide network of connections, Stacey writes about music, restaurants, plays, festival and community events in the city. Find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.