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Ontario's heritage gardens and conservatories represent a living legacy of the culture and style from by-gone eras.
Discover the magnificent gardens at Parkwood Estate and Gardens, a mansion built by the man who founded General Motors of Canada. Take a guided tour of the Centennial Botanical Conservatory in Thunder Bay. Enjoy the restored gardens at Fulford Place National Historic Site of Canada in Brockville or the lovely flower beds at the Jesse Ashbridge House located on Toronto. Home to the famous Canadian poet Pauline Johnson, the Chiefswood National Historic Site of Canada is located on the Six Nations Reserve. Its gardens have been resorted to reflect its original Indigenous character.
Tour the grand manors and gardens of Ontario's 19th century rich and famous, including Bellevue House, home of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald. Visit the boyhood home and grounds of former Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King at Woodside in Kitchener. Stop by the Gravenhurst residence that was the birthplace of Norman Bethune, a medical hero in China.
The Royal Botanical Gardens’ Rock Garden, which dates back to the 1930s, has recently undergone revitalization and now boasts an updated, redesigned look including a dramatic waterfall, new, airy visitor centre, restored tea house, and improved amenities and accessibility befitting this local treasure. Take a guided tour of the Centennial Botanical Conservatory in Thunder Bay, built in 1965 to commemorate the Canadian Centennial. Founded in 1858, Allan Gardens is one of Toronto’s oldest parks, and features over 16,000 square feet filled with rare and beautiful plants from around the world inside five cast-iron and glass greenhouses.
The Dominion Arboretum, part of the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, was begun in 1889 and displays a wide variety of flora, including the popular ornamental garden. The lovely parks and public green spaces around Niagara Falls and along the Niagara River are maintained and protected by the Niagara Parks Commission, founded in 1885.