The ornamental gardens is an inspiring and tranquil public space.There are vast amount of plant varieties and historic collections. Located near the Arboretum and Dow’s lake it is a wonderful place to relax.

Memorable or Unique Characteristic(s) :

  • Public seating, popular photo venue, free parking and loads of beautiful plants

Events and Festivals:

  • Close proximity to the Agriculture and Agri-food Museum that hosts plenty of festivals.

Features of the Space:

  • Receives everyday use
  • Encourages social interaction
  • Provides a sense of comfort and safety
  • Reflects community’s local character
  • Creates a sense of community
  • Promotes multi-generational engagement
  • Incorporates new/innovative public features
  • Access to public transit
  • Public art
  • Pleasant landscape

Historic or Heritage Features:

  • Plenty of buildings, plant collections and hardscaping.
  • In 1998 the entire experimental farm was declared a national historic site.


  • Pedestrian walkways
  • Cycling paths or lanes
  • Public transit (such as buses)
  • Parking spaces

Development :

  • The farm focuses on preservation methods for the historic entities.