Spring in Niagara is a beautiful time, and there are countless of fantastic sights and attractions to enjoy in the Niagara Region at this time of year. But even though Niagara Falls is a massive destination for tourists from all around the world who spend millions of dollars in the city every year, there are also some magnificent attractions in Niagara that you can enjoy for FREE.

The floral clock and the botanical gardens along the Niagara Parkway fall into this category. The floral clock is made up of up to 16,000 carpet bedding plants and the floral design is changed twice a year. It features viola in the Spring and four cultivars of Alternanthera along with green and grey forms of Santolina Sage during the Summer and Fall.

The grounds surrounding the clock feature bedding displays and a tower at the back of the clock houses Westminster chimes that greet each quarter hour. If the door into the tower is open, you can take a glimpse at the clock mechanism and enjoy photographs that show the history of almost every face design all the way back to 1950.

Not far from the floral clock and also along the Niagara Parkway are the Niagara Parks’ Botanical Gardens. This beautiful garden setting is home to the Butterfly Conservatory and serves as the unique outdoor classroom for students attending the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture.

Established in 1936, the Botanical Gardens are made up of 40 hectares (99 acres) of beautifully maintained gardens. Enjoy perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, formal parterre garden, shade, herb and vegetable plantings, as well as our world-famous rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses. Best of all, admission to the Botanical Gardens is free! (NOTE: If you are driving, there is a parking fee of $5.00).

So get out and enjoy springtime in Niagara! For more tips on great Niagara Falls attraction that you can enjoy for FREE, feel free to contact me at Barbara.Grumme@century21.ca.