Ottawa is so stunning in springtime. Beyond its incredible tulip displays, the city is home to some amazing gardens, each offering unique sights and scents. Here's a guide to some of Ottawa's most captivating gardens to explore during this delightful season.

The Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm

Immerse yourself in a riot of colours at the Ornamental Gardens. Part of the vast Central Experimental Farm, these meticulously designed plots showcase a stunning array of perennials, annuals, and native plants. Spring brings vibrant tulips, pansies, and daffodils in a breathtaking display. Don't miss the incredible rose garden that bursts into fragrant bloom later in the season.

Maplelawn Historic Gardens

Step back in time at Maplelawn, a perfectly preserved Victorian walled garden. This national historic site boasts a unique collection of heritage roses, climbing vines, and colourful perennials. Immerse yourself in this 19th century masterpiece.

Major's Hill Park

For a breathtaking combination of floral beauty and history, head to Major's Hill Park. With Parliament Hill as a majestic backdrop, the park is full of colour in spring. Fields of tulips sway gently in the breeze, while ornamental shrubs and trees add depth and texture. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a leisurely afternoon amidst the vibrant floral displays.

The Fletcher Wildlife Garden

Calling all wildlife enthusiasts! The Fletcher Wildlife Garden is designed to attract pollinators and native wildlife. This haven features a diverse selection of native plants and flowering shrubs. The gardens are a true ecosystem for birds and butterflies.

The Japanese Garden at the Canadian War Museum

Find zen in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Ottawa at the Canadian War Museum's Japanese Garden. Designed for quiet contemplation, this serene space features meticulously raked gravel, carefully placed rocks, and bonsai trees. Spring brings a touch of colour with delicate flowering shrubs and a vibrant koi pond, creating a haven of peace and reflection.

Beyond the gardens

Rent a bike and explore the Rideau Canal path which features beautiful flower beds along the waterway. Take a stroll through Lansdowne Park and marvel at the Olympic Garden which features tulips that match the colours of the Olympic rings.

Ottawa's spring gardens are truly amazing! Access to beautiful green spaces is just one of the many perks of living in Canada’s capital city.

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