The Daffodil Capital of North America
The parklands along the Niagara River contain more daffodils than any other park in North America. Crocus, magnolia, redbud and cherry trees are just some ofthe spectacular blooms that greeet spring each year at Niagara Parks, but daffodils are a special highlight.
Each year, Niagara Parks plants over 30,000 daffodils. Over the decades, these sunny blooms have naturalized, and it is estimated that there are now millions throughout Niagara Parks. To honor this overwhelming number of daffodils, the City of Niagara Falls declared the daffodil its official flower on June 5, 1967. Niagara Parks truly is the Daffodil Capital of North American.
Among the Parks’ permanent collections of perennials, flowering trees and shrubs, themed seasonal display beddings are changed three to four times each year, starting with violas and spring bulbs, a wide variety of annuals in the summer and chrysanthemums, flowering cabbage and kale accenting the brilliant autumn colours. Niagara Parks staff have planted thousands of wildflowers, trees, shrubs and grasses, including meadowsweet, dogwood, Canada mayflowers and running strawberry vines in locations such as Memorial Grove near Old Fort Erie, Moore Island and Paradise Grove.
Niagara Garden Trail
Many other gardens and floral features make up what is called the Niagara Garden Trail. Travel along the entire Niagara River Parkway between Lake Erie in the south and Lake Ontario in the north, and experience all Niagara Parks has to offer:
- Old Fort Erie presents a heritage flower and herb garden as part of its recreation of life during the War of 1812.
- The Floral Showhouse, just south of the Falls, celebrated 60 years of horticultural excellence in 2006, with exotic tropicals and eight special floral exhibits presented throughout the year.
- Immaculately groomed gardens in Queen Victoria Park and Oakes Garden Theatre, including rose and perennial gardens, a tree collection, and carpet and annual beds, provide a beautiful backdrop for the millions of visitors who come to enjoy the views of the Falls each year.
- For over 70 years the Botanical Gardens, with nearly 100 acres of gardens including the world-famous Rose Garden and arboretum, have been lovingly maintained by students at the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. The Botanical Gardens is also home to the lush tropical plants displayed at the Butterfly Conservatory.
- The Floral Clock in Queenston continues to be one of the most photographed sites in Niagara.
- The Centennial Lilac Garden features dozens of varieties in bloom from mid-May to mid-June.
- Queenston Heights Park includes gardens and carpet bedding nestled among the trees of this Niagara Escarpment setting.
- A heritage flower and herb garden is a unique feature of McFarland House near Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The Niagara Garden Trail is planted and maintained by Niagara Parks at no charge to the public. Don’t miss these beautiful garden attractions when visiting Niagara.