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Floral Clock - Gardens

 Left: Frontal View of The Floral Clock, Right: Bird relaxing on the Cana Lilly Garden: [Kristin Overholt].
 

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Floral Clock is a well-maintained area that is designed with over 20,000 colourful plants, which are arranged in unique and integrate patterns changed twice a year. There is a variety of flowerbeds that are surrounding the clock which adds to the appeal of the landscape. The Floral Clock is maintained by the Niagara Parks horticultural staff, and the clocks mechanisms is run by the Ontario Hydro staff.

 

A unique feature that the Floral Clock contains is a koi pond that is wrapped around the Clock, which donating all the coins that are tossed in to charity. This feature of the Floral Clock allows people to donate their money to a good cause.  

 

You are able to walk to the tower at the rear of the clock. On display there are the Floral Clock's awards and designs from previous years. This is an area allows the public to understand the amount of work that goes into the preparation of the design of the flowers dating back to the 1950's. Another room in the tower contains the clock's mechanism, its driving motor, and switches to supply the electrical power.  The third section stores the tools required for maintaining the floral face.

 

North of The Floral Clock you will see the Centennial Lilac Garden. This Lilac garden is only in full bloom the last two weeks of May. The Centennial Lilac Garden has over 10 acres of over 1,200 pants of all different varieties. 

 


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                    This destination is also part of the TripClip tour Niagara Gardens Tour.

 


HOURS OF OPERATION

 

The Floral Clock office hours vary on the weather conditions and seasons. Please refer to: Floral Clock webpage. 

 


DIRECTIONS

From Toronto:

(Estimated time: 1 hour 37 minutes, 128km)
Take Queen Elizabeth way

Merge onto 403-West Look for signs for Niagara/East Hamilton/Fort Erie

Take the Stanley Avenue/Regional Road 102 

Exit toward Niagara Falls/Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

Follow to Niagara Parkway.

Destination will be on the right 

 

From Fort Erie:

(Estimated time: 37 min, 39.8 km)

Take the ramp to Queen Elizabeth Way

Take Exit ON-403 east toward Niagara Falls U.S.A

Continue onto Falls Avenue/Regional Road 420

Take Victoria Avenue ramp to the Falls

Turn left onto Niagara Parkway/River Road

Destination will be on the right

 

From Niagara Falls:

(Estimated time: 13 min, 9.2 km)

Head north on Stanely Avenue towards Spring Street

Turn right onto Valley Way

Slight left onto Victoria Avenue

Turn left onto Niagara Parkway/River Road

Destination will be on the right

 


Historical

 

The Floral Clock has a great deal of history that is connected to the landscape and design of the area. The Floral Clock's design originated from the clock in Edinburgh Scotland, which was designed in 1903. The idea of the Floral Clock was brought to Niagara because it was believed that the design would bring colourful additions to Niagara gardens. The Floral Clock in Niagara is made up of over 20,000 flowers laid out in a unique and colourful design each year. The idea of having an attraction such as the Floral Clock came from Dr. Richard Lankaster Harn; Hydro's general manager and chief engineer. Dr. Harn was very impressed with the beauty and practical value of the clock in Edinburgh, and was dedicated to replicating it in Niagara 

 

Niagara Parks Commissions state "the Centennial Lilac Garden was created in 1960 to commemorate Canada's centennial year. The American Rotary of District 709 helped contribute there funds to help develop this garden for the public to view and admire."

 

 


Further Information

 

If you decide to take alternate transportation to visit this destination site see We Go Bus website 

 

Niagara Parks 

 

Info Niagara

 

 

Ownership & Management

Niagara Parks Commissions

Facilities

The Floral Clock provides parking, public washrooms, and a small gift shop where you can purchase snacks, drinks, and post cards on site for the convenience of the thousands of visitors who stop here each year.

Admission Fee

Free admissions

Accessibility

North of The Floral Clock you will see the Centennial Lilac Garden that is also has a wide variety of flowers that are accessible to the public to view. The Centennial Lilac Garden is inaccessible for wheel chairs. The parking lot allows individuals to experience the Lilac Garden from a distance, however due to the lack of paths wheelchairs cannot go further.

Address

14004 Niagara Parkway, Queenston
Niagara Falls, Ontario
L0S 1L0 Municipality Queenston Heights

Telephone

905-356-2241

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.149444
Longitude -79.047304

Administration

Oak Hall Administrative Office
Niagara Parks Commissions
7400 Portage Road South
PO Box 150
Niagara Falls, ON
L2E 6T2
Tel 905-356-2241
Toll free 1877-642-7275
Email npinfo@niagaraparks.com
Website http://www.niagaraparks.com/about/contact.html

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