#GWA2017 Tours | Horticulture Wonders of Canda's Niagara Falls
Horticulture Wonders of
Canada's Niagara Falls
Post Conference Tour (Full Day)
Tuesday, August 8, 11:00AM - 8:30PM
This extended full-day tour will travel into Canada to see and experience the roaring grandeur of Niagara Falls from the northern side. The tour will travel along the Niagara River from Mather Arch at the tip of Lake Erie to the famous Floral Clock visiting horticultural, cultural and natural highlights along the way. Destinations include the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture, Butterfly Conservatory, Floral Showhouse with the Life on Display miniature houses, and the newly restored, historic Oakes Garden Theatre. The day includes a box lunch and visit to the brink of the Falls, as well as dinner at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant and finishing the day with an evening lighted view of both the Horseshoe and American Falls.
Due to sometimes busy border crossing times, a hotel return time cannot be guaranteed on Tuesday evening. Please plan your flight for the following day.
A valid passport is required for this tour
|11:00AM||Depart the Hyatt Regency in Buffalo, New York|
|11:45AM||Mather Arch Park at the base of the Peace Bridge (Fort Erie, Ontario)
Brief stop to talk about the architectural history of Mather Arch and how it ties to Oakes Garden Theatre.
|12:30PM||Floral Showhouse in Niagara Falls
Tour of "Life on Display" miniature houses in the garden exhibit with Bruce McDonald, along with free time to explore floral displays in the greenhouse.
|1:30PM||Lunch @ Table Rock Welcome Centre & Journey Behind the Falls
Stand on the brink of the Horseshoe Falls, explore behind the falls and enjoy a boxed picnic lunch at Table Rock or Oakes Garden Theatre
|2:30PM||Oakes Garden Theatre
Tour and theatre and learn about its history and architecture with Jim Hill
|3:45PM||Niagara Glen Nature Centre
Tour the new nature exchange exhibit and hear from Cory Burant about the centre and its preservation efforts.
Hear about Canada's 150 floral design.
|5:00PM||Niagara Parks' Botanical Gardens/School of Horticulture & Butterfly Conservatory
Visit the former farm that has for 81 years been the site of the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture and is now a Botanical Garden and home to the Butterfly Conservatory.
|6:45PM||Dinner @ Queen Victoria Place Restaurant
Includes panoramic views of both falls.
|8:30PM||Depart Niagara Falls|
Join Canadians in their patriotic Celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. On July 1st 1867, when the British North America Act became law, British colonies in Lower Canada (now Quebec), Upper Canada (now Ontario), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia united – to create the Dominion of Canada. In the following years, the other provinces and territories joined the Dominion, making the Canada of today, which stretches from sea to sea. Throughout the tour, Canadian tributes will be seen in the red and white planting themes, numerous flags and maple leaves, and the commemorative design of the Floral Clock.
Discover the rich Heritage of the historic stonework of the outdoor amphitheater of Oakes Garden Theatre, constructed in 1937. Marvel at the formal geometry of the Beaux-Arts style garden rooms, linked together with linear allées of Linden tree hedges. This tranquil garden, steps away from the bustle of the Falls and Clifton Hill, recently received a million-dollar restoration of the pergola and Parkway wall stonework. After taking in the view of the American Falls, don’t miss exploring the secluded rock garden, lily ponds, and shrub borders tucked behind the pergola.
Explore a diverse collection of Gardens – you will find roses, vegetables, herbs, prairie plants, an arboretum, a parterre, ponds, and perennials all at one stop on the tour: the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Don’t miss the rare horticultural art of pleaching – the training and pruning of Linden trees into a formal tree hedge at Oakes Garden Theatre. Representing the historic architectural styles of Ontario, Canada, the Life on Display garden at the Floral Showhouse presents delightful miniature houses, 1/12th the actual size. These marvels in miniature are guaranteed to amaze and delight.
Discover unique floral displays and tropical plants inside the Floral Showhouse – a tropical oasis full of unusual plants and everyday plants – in creative and unusual combinations. Don’t miss the hundreds of red and white plants here, a horticultural Tribute to Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Recognizing the country’s sesquicentennial celebration, the famous Floral Clock has a unique design using over 15,000 carpet bedding plants. This is one of the world’s largest floral clocks with a planted face 38 feet wide.
Immerse yourself in a living classroom, and admire the results of intensive hands-on training at the School of Horticulture. See the work done by the newest, budding horticulturists as they hone their skills during their three-year course at the Botanical Gardens.
Deep in the great gorge of the Niagara River, a pocket of Carolinian forest stands beside the raging water. Frequented by outdoors enthusiasts, the Niagara Glen trails wind past giant boulders left behind when the Falls eroded through the area thousands of years ago. The Niagara Glen is a Nature Reserve and a geological treasure with fossils dating back 250-430 million years. The steep cliffs are the site of white cedars believed to be 500-700 years old.
Enjoy the Magic of 2,000 tropical butterflies, their wings vibrantly coloured as they flutter freely among lush tropical plants at the Butterfly Conservatory. A highlight of the visit will be a peek into the emergence window to watch butterflies leave their pupae, unfold their wings, and prepare to take their first flight.
Sustenance? No worries here! The tour includes snacks, a box lunch with an amazing view of the Horseshoe Falls, and dinner in the Queen Victoria Place Restaurant. The restaurant is proudly certified by Feast ON as a champion of Ontario food and drink – supporting growers, producers and craftspeople in the food and agricultural sector. Beyond your table will be panoramic views of both the American and Horseshoe Falls.
One of the world’s most amazing Natural Wonders, Niagara Falls is actually three different waterfalls located on the American and Canadian sides of the border. America is home to the Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls. The Horseshoe Falls, which crosses the border, is the most powerful waterfall in North America – as measured by vertical height and flow rate.
The Niagara Falls are famous for their beauty and have been a valuable source of hydroelectricity since the 1890s. This tour will allow garden writers to experience the roar of the Horseshoe Falls and take a Journey Behind the Falls, where they will see and feel the power of four million cubic feet of water crashing down into the basin – every minute.
At dusk, Niagara Falls transforms into a multi-coloured masterpiece of water and light. New LED lights, bright and energy efficient illuminate the Falls daily in a wide spectrum of colours. Garden writers will be able to see all three falls illuminated at the end of the tour.
The tour departure time is 11:00 am from the Hyatt Regency in Buffalo, New York.
After a full day of touring at Niagara Parks, the tour bus will leave Queen Victoria Place Restaurant after dinner and the Falls Illumination (departing at approximately 8:45 pm). It is expected that the bus will return to the hotel after 10:00 pm (the exact return time cannot be guaranteed due to the border crossing).
Please plan your flight for the following day. A valid passport is required for this tour.