Looking south towards Great Lakes sculpture on upper terrace

Landscape Renewal Coming to the Garden of the Provinces and Territories

When Prime Minister John Diefenbaker officially opened the Garden of the Provinces in 1962, he stated that this site was to act as “a symbol assuring the provinces of their rightful place in Confederation.” That mission still inspires the landscaping plans and the works that began this spring on that site.

As the official gardener of Canada’s Capital, the National Capital Commission (NCC) is undertaking major landscape rehabilitation work to enhance and revitalize the meaningful flower beds in this park.

Visitors and regular users of the Garden of the Provinces and Territories, located on the western edge of Confederation Boulevard (at Wellington and Bay) in the core area of Canada’s Capital, should expect these works to be completed by the end of June 2015, weather permitting.

Inspired by the design principles of the New Perennial Movement, the Garden of the Provinces and Territories will receive over 10,000 plants representative of species found across Canada’s provinces and territories. More than ever, it will be a national garden. In keeping with the movement’s principles, the design entails a mixture of long-flowering and strong-stemmed perennials, as well as ornamental grasses. The work taking place this spring will allow for two years of plant growth, resulting in a significant floral display that will mature just in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

The design will take shape in the Garden of the Provinces and Territories according to the following themes:

  • Prairie Garden (1,000 square metres)
  • Tundra/Rock Garden (275 square metres)
  • Woodland Garden under existing mature trees (450 square metres)
  • Canadian Horticultural Pioneers Garden, showcasing early cultivars and hybrids, bred specifically for the harsh Canadian climate by horticulturalists across Canada (190 square metres)

Until the completion of these works at the end of June, pedestrians and cyclists are asked to respect the work crews and obey the signage.

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