History

The garden at Maplelawn is a rare example of a 19th century walled garden. The house and walled garden are very well preserved and provide a living record of how European architectural and landscape concepts were transplanted to Canada. The selection of plants, shrubs and trees is based on a number of historical records.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) has been the steward of Maplelawn Garden since the 1950s. In 1989, Maplelawn was designated a national historic site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

The garden is open for quiet enjoyment from dawn to dusk during the growing (April to October) and tulip season.

Friends of Maplelawn Garden

In 1993, a group of volunteers formed the Friends of Maplelawn Garden. Over the years, they’ve worked closely with the NCC to preserve and restore the walled garden. The restoration resulted in the discovery of a large variety of perennials, including the peonies for which the garden was once famous.

If you would like to volunteer at the historical Maplelawn Garden, contact us.

National Capital Parks

Discover more about the NCC's parks in this map journal.