20 March 2020

Botanical Garden Pre-Tour in Hamilton

Whistling Gardens

There will be a choice of two full day Pre-Tours on Sept. 23 at our Hamilton conference.  One option, the Botanical Garden Pre-tour, will visit three beautiful yet very different gardens: Whistling Gardens in Wilsonville, Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington and Gage Park right in Hamilton, our host city.

Whistling Gardens

IPPS attendees will be able to explore some of the 20 acres of this International and National Award Winning, privately run botanical garden. Since its inception in 2012, over 4,500 different plants are on site including North America’s largest public collection of peonies (1,200) and conifers (2,000). Other notable features include a bird aviary and Versailles inspired computer run fountains with 90 jets choreographed to music. Garden influences’ especially from Europe can be found throughout the gardens. This tour offers a unique opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour to see how a cornfield was transformed into the gardens of today.

Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and an organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature. Four distinct gardens are contained within 1,100 hectares (2,000 acres) of nature reserve, nestled into the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. I.P.P.S. tour attendees will visit two gardens: Rock Garden & Hendrie Park.

David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden: Originally constructed in 1930 from an abandoned gravel quarry, the Rock Garden went through a major three-year rejuvenation that was completed in 2016.Designed by Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc. the new Rock Garden respects this iconic treasure’s beauty and heritage while celebrating a new era of horticulture and design. This garden features an award-winning, state of the art facility surrounded by plants with year-round interest, including a captivating mix of conifers, specimen trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and spring flowering bulbs, representing over 1380 unique types of plants.

Hendrie Park: Our largest cultivated garden area, Hendrie Park features a multitude of garden types, from a formal scented garden to a natural native plant garden to one of the first Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood) ever planted in Canadian soil. The recently rejuvenated Rose Garden boasts a forward-thinking, sustainable approach and was designed with a sturdy foundation of disease-resistant cold-hardy roses, some new Canadian introductions as well as some of the historic favourites. Interplanted with the roses are featured companion plants, which provide direct benefits to the soil and roses, attract beneficial and pollinating insects and offers year-round interest to the garden.

Gage Park

Gage Park, built in a style reflective of the Canadian City Beautiful movement of the 1920s, is one of Hamilton’s most iconic, historical and cultural landscapes. The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) announced that Hamilton’s Gage Park was selected as the recipient of the inaugural CSLA Legacy Project Award (2016). Gage Park has outstanding gardens, a historical fountain and a large selection of trees. The new Gage Park Tropical House is another jewel in the park.

Buses will return to our host hotel, the Sheraton Hamilton, in time for our Welcome Reception where you can reconnect with colleagues old and new!

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