Central Experimental Farm: Ornamental Gardens

As a child I had been to the Experimental Farm Agricultural Museum, however I had never been to the gorgeous Ornamental Gardens directly beside it. We decided to take a quick stop here on the drive home and ended up staying for a few hours just exploring around and taking some awesome photos. It is so nice and quiet here and is perfect for dates, picnics and even weddings (we saw one when we were there today!).

Super Cool Plants
I am by no means a plant expert, but there are some neat trees, flowers and other plants here to check out. There are currently 100 types of irises, 125 different types of lilacs (who knew there were that many?), and 65 different plants. The gardens are so well kept and so photographically beautiful anyone can go in there and snap some stunning shots. Above is a photo of Marco and I with our heads beside these leaves for size comparison. I have no clue what plant this is but the leaves are absolutely huge compared to the regular leaf sizes we see here. Hopefully you aren’t allergic to pollen, and if you are make sure to bring some anti-histamines! There are so many different types of plants so you never know if you will have a reaction to one if you are usually sensitive.

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Over a Century Old
The Ornamental Gardens has been around since the 1880’s! To some this may not mean much, but I personally find it fascinating that some of the plants in this garden date back over 100 years. The land is extremely well kept and clean and you can tell that everyone really respects the property. We did not see any litter, garbage or anything else of the sort and there are quite a few people who go in and out of this park on a daily basis. If you want to check out a little part of History make this a stop on your Ottawa Itinerary.

It’s Free
Exploring these gardens is absolutely free of charge. You will need to pay for parking if you are driving but it is so worth it. You will only need an hour or so to walk through the gardens and take some photos, but you can always pack a lunch and a blanket and make an afternoon out of it. If you’ve seen all there is to see in the gardens go check out the museum right beside it or the Arboretum down the road. Unfortunately we were unable to check out the Arboretum today, but we don’t live far so I am sure we will get to see it another time. If you are visiting on a short-term holiday I would highly suggest trying to see them both within the same day or afternoon. For one, you never know when Ottawa is going to have a solid stint of good weather, so take advantage of it while it is here, and two, it is right down the road – so might as well!

Plenty of Spots to Relax
Whether you want to plant your butt on a bench or on the ground there is so much space and so much seating. They have benches in the sun or in shaded areas and under trees as well as plenty of field space to throw down a blanket and picnic away. If you want to catch some some rays you can do that too – with all that wide open space you could probably get a wicked tan.

Have you been to the Ornamental Gardens or Experimental Farm? Do you plan on it? Drop us a comment below – we would love to hear from you!

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