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Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture, The

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Canada - Ontario - Niagara Falls

Institution Code: NFO

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: No

About the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture, The

Founded: School of Horticulture - 1936
Botanical Garden - 1990

Main Address:
Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture, The
7400 Portage Road South
Mailing: The Niagara Parks Commission, P.O. Box 150
Niagara Falls
Ontario L2E 6T2 Canada

Telephone: (905) 356-8554
Fax: (905) 356-5488
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Tom Laviolette
    Curator's Name: Lorne Fast, Curator of Collections
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Lorne Fast
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 7
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 6

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1936
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 4 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 16 Hectares
  • Total Area: 34 Hectares
    Latitude: 43.13693
    Longitude: -79.05391
    Annual Rainfall: 795 mm
    Altitude: 175.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 2600 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 84 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: The Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture is a part of the larger Niagara Parks Commission
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name:
  • Local Address: 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON Canada L2E 6V5
  • Locality: City:
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 8700
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 14
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 500000

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 3700
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 2711
  • Special Collections:roses, alpines, herb garden (medicinal, industrial, culinary, aromatic, etc.), butterfly plants, herbaceous perennials (woodland/native, shade etc.); mainly ornamental herbaceous and woody plants, herbs, arboretum. Plant collections include 150 families, 614 genera, 1532 species, 2,665 taxa, 3,716 accessions. Herbaceous perennial collections include 687 species and 1,139 taxa. Natural areas in the vicinity (Niagara Parks Commission holdings): include the Niagara Glen Nature Preserve, Paradise Grove Oak Savanna, Chinquapin Oak Savanna, Whirlpool, Queenston Heights and Dufferin Islands.

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes