FEATURE GARDENS

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  • INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN

 

Garden Name: International Peace Garden

Location: 50 Sussex Drive

Address: 50 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1M 2K1

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Garden Promenade Route: Sussex Drive Garden Route

Garden Number: 2 (1)

Services for Visitors: Parking $  – Washrooms – Wheelchair Accessible – Child Friendly – Café and Eating Areas nearby (Tavern on the Falls)

 

Description: Since its creation in 1990, Ottawa’s International Peace Garden has featured a display of early-blooming tulips every spring.

In 1990, the City of Ottawa and the Canadian Tulip Festival (an annual event that dates back to the postwar period) presented the United States with a “peace garden” to celebrate the world’s longest undefended border. The dedication of that garden inspired the 1991 creation of the International Peace Garden Foundation, a charitable organization that promotes human rights and advances global friendship. The foundation works with the Canadian Tulip Festival to coordinate the annual gift of a peace garden from country to country, with the latest participant choosing which country to honour next. More gardens have since been created all over the world, from Italy to Japan.

20 International Peace Gardens

1990 Ottawa, Canada     1991 Washington, DC     1992 Warsaw, Poland

1993 Berlin, Germany     1994 Budapest, Hungary     1995 Strasbourg, France

1996 Ljubljana, Slovenia     1997 Pretoria, South Africa     1999 San Jose, Costa Rica

2000 The Hague, Netherlands     2001 Hiroshima, Japan     2002 Vienna, Austria

2003 Rome, Italy     2004 Athens, Greece     2005 Nicosia, Cyprus     2006 Dublin, Ireland

2007 Bern, Switzerland     2008 Kiev, Ukraine     2010 Istanbul, Turkey

2017 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

 

  • ROSE GARDEN

Garden Name: Rose Garden

Location: 50 Sussex

Address: 50 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1M 2K1

Garden Promenade Route: Sussex Drive Garden Route

Garden Number: 2.2

Services for Visitors: Parking $ – Washrooms – Wheelchair Accessible – Child Friendly – Café and Eating Areas nearby (Tavern on the Falls)

 

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CANADENSIS: THE GARDEN OF CANADA

 

Garden Name: Canadensis: The Garden of Canada

Location: Central Experimental Farm

Address: Experimental Farm, Prince of Wales Dr, Ottawa, ON

Garden Promenade Route: Central Experimental Farm Garden Route

Garden Number: 9

Services for Visitors: Parking – Washrooms – Child Friendly – Dog Friendly (on leash)

 

Description: Canadensis presents Beyond the Edge: Artists’ Gardens – a land art exhibition, first shown in 2014. The exhibition explored the notion of a rural oasis in the heart of an urban centre. In 2016, Canadensis Botanical Garden Society partnered with the Canada Council Art Bank to present outdoor works by a group of artists who created installations in response to three outdoor sculptures on loan from the Art Bank collection. Three new installations have been added to the site for a total of 6 unique experiences. An attractive, modern sun shelter has also been constructed at the site designed by graduate students from Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism students. The site is a wonderful picnicking venue set in an inspiring, urban, pastoral landscape.

Canadensis, The Garden of Canada: Master Plan

​The Master Plan design intends to transform the 34 acre piece of fallow Central Experimental Farm land just south of the National Arboretum, into a modern meaningful botanical masterpiece of international standing. Imagine! Visitors may be able to travel by water taxi from downtown Ottawa, heading towards the distant silo – a vertical garden tower that will act as a visible landmark, an architectural and horticultural statement in the heart of the Garden. Stepping off the boat at a landing by the Hartwells Locks on the Rideau Canal, they can join other visitors already enjoying the multiple attractions of Canadensis, The Garden of Canada.

 


CARRÉ VAUDREUIL GARDENS

 

Garden Name: Carré Vaudreuil Gardens

Location: Parc Du Carré-Vaudreuil

Address: 50 Rue Vaudreuil, Gatineau, QC J8X 2B8

Garden Promenade Route: Downtown Gatineau Garden Route

Garden Number: 6

Services for Visitors: Parking $ – Washrooms – Wheelchair Accessible – Child Friendly – Café and Eating Areas nearby

 

Description: The gardens at this very urban park are a delight for the residents of the area – young and old, but also officials who work in the area and visitors who want to take the trouble to find out.

Located in the former Hull area, the park is bordered to the north and south by Vaudreuil and Hôtel-de-Ville streets, and to the east and west by Leduc and Hélène-Duval streets. The garden is of a European nature, not found on the Ottawa side. The proof of this is the wrought iron fence that encircles the garden and the fountain, which is at its center around which the flower beds revolve.

There are a lot of mature trees several varieties of shrubs and many perennials. The tTrees are broadleaved and coniferous, also fruit trees. This exceptional biodiversity, compared to other parks in the city, can be visited all year, each season having its attractions.

 


GARDEN OF THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES

Garden Name: Garden of the Provinces and Territories

Location: Wellington Street at, Bay St, Ottawa, ON

Address: Wellington Street west of Bay Street, Ottawa | Bounded by Wellington Street to the north and west, Bay Street to the east, Sparks Street to the south

Garden Promenade Route: Miracle-Gro Downtown Ottawa Garden Route

Garden Number: 14

Services for Visitors: Street Parking – Partially Wheelchair Accessible – Child Friendly – Dog Friendly (on leash) – Café nearby and Eating Areas

 

Description: This garden commemorates the union of Canada’s provinces and territories. Its design includes a mixture of long-flowering and strong-stemmed perennials, as well as ornamental grasses, mimicking the landscape of the prairies, the tundra and rocky shorelines of Canada’s coasts.

The Garden of the Provinces and Territories is one of Canada’s foremost Modernist landscapes.  Proposed in the Gréber Plan of 1950 and designed in 1960 by landscape architect Donald W. Graham (1930-2017), the Garden of the Provinces was created to celebrate the provinces of Confederation in anticipation of Canada’s centennial year.  In 2005, it became known as the Garden of the Provinces and Territories.

Construction began in early October of 1961.  The Garden was officially opened by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker on September 25, 1962.

The Garden is composed of two parts: a one-acre park of formal terraces and plantings at the corner of Sparks and Bay streets, and an adjacent 4-acre park with a picturesque landscape of lawns and plantings sloping westward.

The terraces were organized so they can be viewed, approached and enjoyed from several different angles and vantage points.  The large upper terrace was designed as a rigorous grid pattern of raised planting beds and trees, and surface patterns of concrete aggregate pavers bordered by smooth finished limestone.

On the west side of the upper terrace is a sculptural fountain entitled Great Lakes, designed by landscape architect Emil G. Vandermeulen with consulting engineers Adjeleian and Associates.

The most prominent element of the lower terrace is the stainless-steel water sculpture entitled Tree Fountain, created by Montreal sculptor Norman Slater.  Spouts of water pour into a pool, flowing beneath stepping stones into a larger pool where the sculpture stands 6 metres tall as a symbol of Canada’s forests.

The individual provinces and territories are represented by bronze plaques and floral insets mounted to the inner face of the granite balustrades, and groupings of provincial, territorial and Canadian flags flying atop 40-foot bronze flag poles.

Between 2004 and 2009, the fountains and the masonry of the garden was restored and accessible ramps connecting the terraces and the street were added. The Coat of Arms was also updated, and the site became known as The Garden of the Provinces and Territories.

In 2015, the NCC added 10,000 plants to the site, representative of species found across Canada’s provinces and territories. The Garden of the Provinces and Territories lives on as one of Canada’s most important landscape designs of the modern era.

 


 

MINTO VERTICAL GARDEN

Garden Name: Minto Vertical Garden

Location: Minto Place

Address: 355 Slater St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0S4

Garden Promenade Route: Miracle-Gro Downtown Garden Route

Garden Number: 12

Services for Visitors: Parking $ – Wheelchair Accessible – Child Friendly – Café and Eating Areas

 

Description: Minto Place is the primary shopping centre in downtown Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. It’s only a few blocks from the parliament and most of the major international embassy’s, including the US embassy, the largest US government building outside of the US itself.

The architect wanted to give the wall a strong, interesting look for all building employees and visitors to enjoy. The Green Wall design from the architects features unique rectangular shapes filled with similar plants of different colours. The rectilinear areas incorporated stainless steel separators that framed each section like a piece of art. It contains low-light plants because the atrium’s skylight did not provide much (especially in winter).

Installed: February 2010. Size: 512 square feet. Architect: Queens Quay Architects. Plant Designer: Queens Quay Architects, Plant Selection by GSKY.

 


MOSAÏCULTURE JOS MONTFERRAND

Garden Name: Mosaïculture Jos Montferrand

Location: exit of Highway 50 on Montcalm Street

Address: exit of Highway 50 on Montcalm Street

Garden Promenade Route: Downtown Gatineau Garden Route

Garden Number: 5

Services for Visitors: Parking $ – Wheelchair Accessible – Child Friendly – Café and Eating Areas nearby

 

Description: Jos Montferrand’s sculpture, which was donated to Gatineau by the Mosaïcultures internationales, has found a new home. The giant artwork will be installed at the exit of Highway 50 on Montcalm Street, the cultural hub of the municipality.

Last March, the City of Gatineau awarded the $54,000 contract to the Mosaïcultures  to take charge of the maintenance of the work, which will be on display for one year. Not having the expertise within its employees, the Municipality chose this option to maintain the sculpture. The city council will have to decide what to do next.

About Jos Montferrand: Joseph Montferrand, better known as Jos Montferrand, is still considered one of the greatest figures of French Canadian legend. The hero is referred to by many different names across North America, including Montferan, Muffraw, Mouffreau, Mufferoin, Maufree and Murphy. While he is closely associated with the Ottawa Valley, this lumberjack, log driver, foreman, raftsman and strongman was not born and raised there. He did, however, spend half of his life in the region, drawn by the forest industry that proved to be the economic force of the Ottawa Valley in the 20th century. It was also in this region that he became a character of legend; today, there is no way to distinguish his real exploits from those that are purely folklore.

 


NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ROOFTOP GARDEN

 

Garden Name: National Arts Centre Rooftop Garden

Location: National Arts Centre

Address: 1 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1

Garden Promenade Route: Miracle-Gro Downtown Ottawa Garden Route

Garden Number: 1

Services for Visitors: Parking $ – Washrooms – Wheelchair Accessible – Café and Eating Areas

 

Description: The NAC has created an ecosystem of sorts; the compost from plant-based containers will be used to grow flowers and herbs in the NAC’s rooftop garden. From there, the freshly grown herbs will be used in one of NAC’s restaurants, Le Café. Additionally, the NAC added two new beehives; the bees will pollinate the gardens and make honey.

The new program was created over the past year out of a collaboration with the NAC, the Compost Council of Canada, Tomlinson Organics and Gees Bees Honey Company. The composting program is designed to replace plastic food and drinking containers with compostable, plant-based alternatives.

An estimated 500,000 wine and beer cups, utensils, straws and plates used by visitors at the NAC annually will be diverted from landfills due to the new project.

 


OLYMPIC GARDEN

 

Garden Name: Olympic Garden

Location: south of Princess Patricia Way at Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, ON

Address: 450 Queen Elizabeth Dr, Ottawa, ON

Garden Promenade Route: More Gardens

Garden Number: 11

Services for Visitors: Parking $ – Washrooms (nearby) – Child Friendly – Dog Friendly (on leash) – Café and Eating Areas Nearby

 

Description: Alongside the Rideau Canal, down from the Lansdowne Gardens you will find the Olympic Garden. Like our athletes, the tulips and other flowers in this garden are outstanding performers. Commemorating the 1988 Olympic torch relay, Olympic Flame tulips provide the backdrop to Vilem Zach’s sculpture “Share the Flame”. In the spring, “Olympic Flame” tulips are paired with “Jan Seignette,” a tulip with reversed colours surrounding the bronze statue bearing an Olympic torch.

A two-kilometre stroll along the Rideau Canal from Commissioners Park will lead you to this garden.

 


OTTAWA CITY HALL

 

  • GHENT TREATY ROSE GARDEN

 

Garden Name: Ghent Treaty Rose Garden

Location: Ottawa City Hall

Address: 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Garden Promenade Route: Miracle-Gro Downtown Ottawa Garden Route

Garden Number: 3.1

Services for Visitors: Parking $ – Washrooms – Wheelchair Accessible – Child Friendly – Café and Eating Areas

 

Description: Located in Nelson Mandela square near the Human Rights Memorial, this rose garden is a gift from the Belgian Royal Society for Agriculture and Botany commemorating the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, bringing an end to the War of 1812.

The Treaty of Ghent Rose showcased in this garden is a variety created in 1815 at the Ghent Flower Show to honour the delegation negotiating the treaty.

It was unveiled in 2014 by the Belgian Ambassador to Canada and the Mayor of the City of Ottawa.

 

  • MARION DEWAR PLAZA GARDEN

 

Garden Name: Marion Dewar Plaza Garden

Location: Ottawa City Hall

Address: 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Garden Promenade Route: Miracle-Gro Downtown Ottawa Garden Route

Garden Number: 3.2

Services for Visitors: Parking $ – Washrooms – Wheelchair Accessible – Child Friendly – Café and Eating Areas

 

Description: Marion Dewar Plaza is a public space designed to encourage visitors to slow down and interact with each other. It features landscape architecture, wide, sweeping paths, and a shallow fountain that visitors are invited to step into on hot summer days.

Who is Marion Dewar?” A former mayor who touched the lives of many. Marion Dewar served as Ottawa mayor from 1978 to 1985. One of her many accomplishments included a program called Project 4000, where she arranged for Vietnamese boat people to relocate in the capital. Dewar passed away in 2008. She was 80 years old.

 

  • WE GROW WELL COMMUNITY GARDEN

 

Garden Name: We Grow Well Community Garden

Location: Ottawa City Hall

Address: 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Garden Promenade Route: Miracle-Gro Downtown Ottawa Garden Route

Garden Number: 3.3

Services for Visitors: Parking $ – Washrooms – Wheelchair Accessible – Child Friendly – Café and Eating Areas

 

Description: This new raised-bed garden is being built this summer at City Hall.  It will be managed by The Well, a day program for women and children in the Ottawa area with meal programming that is located on Elgin close to City Hall. The majority of what they grow will contribute to their free lunches

 


PARLIAMENT HILL GARDENS

 

Garden Name: Parliament Hill Gardens

Location: Parliament Hill

Address: 111 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A9

Garden Promenade Route: Miracle-Gro Downtown Ottawa Garden Route

Garden Number: 8

Services for Visitors: Washrooms nearby – Partially Wheelchair Accessible – Child Friendly –  Picnic Areas

 

Description: Beautiful gardens and Gothic architecture situated on the banks of the Ottawa River. The main outdoor area of The Hill is the quadrangle, formed by the arrangement of the parliament and departmental buildings on the site, and laid out in a formal garden fashion. This expanse is the site of major celebrations, demonstrations, and traditional shows, such as the Changing of the Guard, or the annual Canada Day celebrations. To the sides of the buildings, the grounds are set in the English garden style, dotted with statues, memorials, and, at the northwest corner, a Carpenter Gothic structure called the Summer Gazebo, a 1995 reconstruction of an earlier gazebo, Summer House, built for the Speaker of the House of Commons in 1877 by Thomas Seton Scott and demolished in 1956. Beyond the edges of these landscaped areas, the escarpment remains in its natural state.

 


 

SPAO PHOTOSYNTHESIS GARDEN

 

Garden Name: “Hanged” Photosynthesis Garden

Location: SPAO (School of Photographic Arts in Ottawa)

Address: 77 Pamilla St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3K7

Garden Promenade Route: Central Experimental Farm Garden Route

Garden Number: 3

Services for Visitors:  Street Parking   – Washrooms – Wheelchair Accessible

 

Description: Hanged is a collaborative installation inspired by The Pansy Project by the British artist Paul Harfleet and implemented by artist Deborah Margo and the SPAO Centre Gallery for its Photo-Synthesis Garden. Since 2005, Harfleet has been planting pansies at sites of homophobic abuse; he finds the nearest source of soil to where the incident occurred and generally without civic permission plants one unmarked pansy. The flower is then photographed in its location and titled after the abuse. The garden includes a planting of pansies that will evolve over the summer and include other flowers whose names have double meanings, as well as photographs by Paul Harfleet.

The titles of Harfleet’s photographs reveal the frequent reality of negative LGBTQ2+ experiences, which often go unreported to authorities. The artist began by planting pansies to mark his own experiences of homophobia on the streets of Manchester, U.K.; over the last fourteen years Paul has planted pansies around the world, from Paris, London, Washington, Istanbul and most recently in Ottawa.

The title of the Photo-Synthesis Garden installation, as well as the inclusion of hanging photographs, references those members of the community that are publicly hanged as punishment for sodomy in Iran and around the world.

SPAO has partnered with Qu’ART, the Ottawa Queer Arts Collective, to present Hanged and the exhibition Summer Camp as part of the Qu’ART meta-festival, a year-long collaborative program that broadens LGBTQ2+ artistic activity and encourages inter-generational knowledge-sharing within our communities.

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