Celebration of Vibrant Fall Colours

We think anytime is a good time to visit the National Capital Region, but autumn is by far one of our most colourful times of year. The tulips and gardens may just be memories in October, but the blazing glory of the deciduous trees and the soft warmth of sun along the Garden Promenade combine into a Fall Rhapsody that is renowned world-wide.  Bring your camera and put your hiking boots on. There is so much to see and explore you’ll want to make this spectacular season part of your annual sojourn to the Capital.  Watch here for more information soon.


Garden of the Provinces and Territories

402 Wellington St, Ottawa (45.417919, -75.709268)

Garden Tour

Saturday, October 7, 2017,  3 p.m.

The Garden of the Provinces and Territories is located on prestigious Wellington Street, across from the National Archives.  This 1.6-hectare/4-acre national garden was redesigned in 2015, in the New Perennial Movement style, using mixtures of long lived, long flowering, strong stemmed perennials and ornamental grasses with interesting seedheads, fall leaf colour and winter bark.  Dominated by Canadian native plant species or their cultivars the gardens also represent three distinct landscape types, woodland (upper terrace), prairie and tundra (lower lawn).

Duration:   The garden tour will last 1 hour, including time for questions.

Biography – Julie Mulligan

Julie Mulligan is a landscape architect and a biologist with over 35 years of experience.  She is currently working with Stantec, a global planning and design consulting company.  Previously, she worked for 15 years as a project manager with the National Capital Commission.  In addition to specializations in stormwater management, stream restoration and urban forestry, she had developed expertise in floral and planting design, including:

  • In 1986, she was responsible for the design of the Centennial Chrysanthemum Show at the Central Experimental Farm for Agriculture Canada;
  • In 2001, she completed the design of the new Canada Garden for the Museum of Civilization (History);
  • In 2008, she was responsible for the development of a ten-year NCC Floral Vision for the Capital;
  • In 2010, she designed an entirely new layout and plantings for the historic tropical Palmhouse at Rideau Hall;
  • In 2015, she completed the design and supervised the installation of revitalized and expanded gardens at the Garden of the Provinces and Territories for the NCC.

the civic gardens at lansdowne park

behind the Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa

Date TBD

Gardening Workshops

A vibrant celebration of Ottawa’s horticultural heritage, raised beds display a variety of plants and themes, with 7 beds of plants of Indigenous importance. 2017 plantings mark a centennial celebration of the start of the Victory Garden initiative.


The Dominion Arboretum

Building 72, Arboretum, Ottawa

Date and activity TBD

Located on 64-acres of rolling land, the arboretum was developed to test the hardiness of woody plants in the Canadian climate. With a variety of micro-climates and showcasing a range of woody plants, the collection contains around 4000 specimens.


Fall Rhapsody in gatineau park (NCC)

Come and enjoy the spectacular fall colours on display throughout Gatineau Park. In addition to the popular spots in the Park’s southern sector, many other unique and fascinating places offer magnificent views — as well as being great spots to have a picnic in nature, take a walk in the woods or enjoy a bike ride. And, you’ll encounter far fewer people there during the week.

The free shuttle is also back in service on weekends. For Canada’s 150th anniversary, the NCC is offering a new shuttle route departing from the ByWard Market in Ottawa, and travelling to Champlain Lookout.

For more information, visit the National Capital Commission’s official Fall Rhapsody website.


Stay tuned for more details…