The Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society will hold its 25th annual garden tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday July 9 in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the town of Virgil, Ontario.
The self-guided walking garden tour will take place rain or shine.
It will showcase 12 distinctive and impressive residential gardens in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the town of Virgil plus three special feature gardens.
- The Waterfront Trail and Turntable Garden reveals an old locomotive turntable dating to the 1830s. The entire Waterfront Trail stretches over 1600 km (almost 1,000 miles) along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and the St. Lawrence River and connects 76 communities and more than 405 parks.
- The Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library Community Garden, created in 2014, is a tribute to the community partnerships that enhance public green spaces.
- The Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society Memorial Garden site was one of the 140 gardens chosen to highlight the 70th Anniversary Dutch-Canadian Tulip Friendship Gardens across Canada, with the planting of more than 750 red and white tulips for 2016.
Advance tickets are $12 each online or at these locations:
- Mori Gardens Design & Garden Centre, 1709 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Seaway Gardens & Farms, 175 Lakeshore Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce, 26 Queen St., Niagara-on-the-Lake
On the day of the tour, tickets will be $15 and will be available at the above locations or at each garden. You can find a garden tour brochure with a map of the garden tour route here.
Turn in your ticket at the last garden you visit to be entered into a prize drawing.
All proceeds from the tour support the society’s activities including enhancing local public garden spaces, presenting lectures of horticultural interest throughout the year, creating flower arrangements for seniors, offering scholarships to students, organizing plant exchanges and encouraging environmental stewardship in the region.
The Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society was established in 1917 and is one of the oldest horticultural societies in Ontario.