Cyclists in Lorne Park

Year of the Garden 2022 is a nation-wide celebration that aims to educate and inspire Canadians about the vital impact gardens and gardening have on quality of life, at home, in communities, and across the country. Led by the Canadian Garden Council, the event brings together hundreds of municipalities, community organizations, and gardeners from across the country to celebrate Canada’s rich garden heritage and vibrant garden culture.

Celebrate the Year of the Garden by spending the day exploring the beautiful garden displays around the City of Brantford with our suggested driving itinerary.

  • Start your day off at Glenhyrst Gardens (20 Ava. Rd.) and explore this beautifully landscaped 16-acre park on the banks of the Grand River. Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, located on the grounds of Glenhyrst Gardens, displays contemporary art exhibitions year round and has a permanent collection of over 700 pieces of historical and contemporary works of art. 
  • Hop in the car for a quick 10 minute drive to visit Alexandra Park (265 Dalhousie St.), a quaint green space in the heart of downtown Brantford. Enjoy the garden beds around the park and check out Alexandra Park Cannon, c. 1860. The cannon is of Russian origin and was captured by the British during the Crimean War (1853-1856) at the siege of Sevastopol. It was donated to the city by the British c. 1860 and was originally located in Victoria Park, but was moved to its current location before 1900. 
  • Just down the road is Victoria Park (65 Market St.), a beautiful greenspace with horticultural beds that is also home to the Joseph Brant Monument. The monument is dedicated to Joseph Brant and the Six Nations Confederacy, and is considered to have been one of the first pieces of statuary of its kind in North America. The monument features a colossal statue of Joseph Brant; two groups of three life sized figures, which represent the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, Senecas, and Tuscaroras; and four panels which depict totems of the Six Nations. 
  • Next, make you way over to Bell Memorial Park (41 West St.). This beautiful space in downtown Brantford features manicured garden beds that surround the Bell Memorial
  • Next, stop at the War Memorial Park (6 Dalhousie St.) and take in the beautiful carpet bed display in the park. This year, the display honours the 150th anniversary of W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind. The carpet bed display features approximately 1,300 plants and spells out WRMS in print and Braille with a 150 to commemorate the 150th anniversary. 
  • Complete your day by visiting the stunning displays at Brantford’s premier horticultural park, Lorne Park (15 Colborne Street W.). This year, the carpet bed displays at Lorne Park celebrate the Brantford Garden Club’s 170th anniversary as well as the Year of the Garden. This particular carpet bed features approximately 6,000 plants and flowers and shows the club was established in the year 1852.

Celebrate everything garden and gardening related in Brantford by visiting brantford.ca/YearOfTheGarden.