Join the Movement to Build our National Botanical Garden in Ottawa

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Canadensis our National Botanical Garden

For all of us

Contribute now to creating a legacy botanical garden for Ottawa, our Capital and Canada, benefiting all Canadians for generations to come.

The time has never been better.

We Have the Opportunity to Improve Our Quality of Life, and We’re Doing Something About It!

Canadensis: The Garden of Canada will offer a unique place to celebrate our great natural heritage and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to sustainability in the context of climate change.

Ottawa is the only G20 capital that has no botanical garden to display, interpret and promote Canada’s botanical diversity and beauty, as well as Canada’s vast horticultural, agricultural and arboricultural knowledge and expertise.

All life depends on plants. Botany matters. In today’s world, where environmental systems are increasingly interdependent, living plants are literally the “lungs” of the planet.  They provide all of our food directly or indirectly. Plants provide most of the medicine used throughout the world as well as the building of raw materials and sources of many kinds of products, many of which we have yet to recognize or develop. Plants beautify and enrich our lives and give peace to our souls and facilitate our ability to envisage a more complete and richer future.

Canadian botany focus in one location

Our botanical garden will focus on displaying plants from all parts of Canada throughout the gardens, providing a unique venue for education, research, conservation and public enjoyment. Plants will be curated as collections within a living museum.

Education in Environmental Stewardship

In cooperation with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Arboretum, The Fletcher Wildlife Garden, and the Central Experimental Farm, Canadensis garden will be a public showcase for relevant research underway for our changing times.

With our orderly and diverse collections of plants and extensive education programs, we are ideally positioned to make major contribution to our lives and to help us envisage the future.

Sustainability and Enrichment

Sustainability and enrichment will be driving values for our Children’s Garden, Climate Change Lab, Economy Garden, Conservatory, Garden Design lab, Urban Agricultural exhibits and many more…

A Place to enjoy and rejuvenate

Gardens have the ability to heal our spirits in troubled times and to lead us to envisage a brighter, positive and productive future, as we pursue our busy lives in the midst of ever-competing demands of the modern world.

Jobs and Economic Benefits

Construction of this major infrastructure project will give a measurable boost to the construction industry. Once operational, the Garden will be a destination asset in Canada’s Capital, creating many permanent and seasonal positions within the site. The total economic and tourism spin offs to the National Capital area will be significant.

Of Interest

Get Ready for Seedy Saturday: Canadensis Invites You to Ottawa’s Spring Tradition!
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Get Ready for Seedy Saturday: Canadensis Invites You to Ottawa’s Spring Tradition!

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the excitement of Ottawa’s Seedy Saturday event! This year, we are thrilled to announce that Canadensis will be a part of this beloved tradition. Join us on March 2, 2024, at Emmanuel United Church, 691 Smyth Road, Ottawa, for a day filled with all things green and growing.

Never too late to learn about plants!
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Never too late to learn about plants!

The realization that it is never too late to learn about plants unveils an enriching journey of discovery, fostering a deeper appreciation for the intricate tapestry of botanical life. Whether you are a seasoned enthusiast or a novice eager to explore the wonders of the plant world, the learning process is a testament to the resilience of curiosity.

A Central Location of National Significance

Located along Prince of Wales Drive and adjacent to the Historic Rideau Canal at Hartwells Locks, our National Botanical Garden occupies a 34-acres parcel of land at the southeast corner of the Central Experimental Farm.

With the addition of Canadensis to the existing Canada Agricultural and Food Museum, Fletcher Wildlife Garden, National Arboretum, Central Experimental Farm Ornamental Beds and Commissioners’ Park Floral Displays, these varied attractions will provide a unique horticultural hub. This exciting world-class garden destination will benefit the greater community as well as visitors from across Canada and elsewhere.

Land Acknowledgement

Canadensis is situated on unceded Anishinaabe Algonquin territory. The peoples of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation have lived on this territory for millennia. Their culture and presence have nurtured and continue to nurture this land. The Canadian Botanical Garden Society honours the peoples and land of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation.

Canadensis Looking South

Canadensis Looking West

Canadensis Looking North

This is Ottawa’s chance to add a city-improving enhancement that will attract tourists and residents year round. Let’s seize the moment.

– Randall Denley