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It's not just about the water at Niagara Falls - check out the Floral Showhouse!
Floral Showhouse - Niagara Parks
I'm immersed in a lush floral oasis of flowers, ferns and exotic tropical plants that include the world famous Titan Arum, the tallest flower. Colourful tropical birds cheerfully sing as they fly about the abundant greenery. I wander amidst attractive myriad collections of orchids, succulents and other tropical plant species that have thrilled visitors for over 60 years.
Niagara Falls is not just about large volumes of water. Especially during the summer months, don't miss the spectacular gardens surrounding the Floral Showhouse, including one of Niagara Parks' extensive rose gardens, ponds and a fragrance garden where plants are identified in Braille
for those who are visually impaired.
This is where one can slow down and breathe - an enchanting yoga exercise for the busy brain. Wander along the inviting paths or simply rest on a bench in the peaceful Artists Garden. Ahh...this is the tranquility that
must have experienced at
, well beyond the hectic city!
Niagara Parks horticulturists offer eight shows per year, so something new is always in bloom, and the attractive location makes a beautiful setting for a marriage ceremony, wedding photography or a corporate event.
Here is a list of the displays with approximate times:
Spring Show: mid-January to Easter
Easter Show: Easter Weekend, running two to three weeks
Hydrangea Show: May
Regal Geranium: June
Summer: July to mid-August
Reiger Begonia: mid-September to October
Christmas Display: December
The Summer Show is currently on display, featuring a combination of summer annuals, tropicals and an Orchid display cactus. This year, Niagara Parks celebrate the 125th anniversary of Queen Victoria Park with a topiary representing a statue of Queen Victoria. There is also a "125 Memories of Niagara Parks" photo exhibit, featuring the top entries submitted by visitors.
Getting back to
, the world's tallest flower, it's been almost a year since garden enthusiasts gathered at the Niagara Parks
to witness it bloom. The Amorphophallus Titanum blooms for only a brief period, but its height and unique smell never fail to fascinate.
Since blooming on May 4, 2012, the first flower went dormant and has renewed the development stage. The vegetative stage began in mid-October, 2012, where a single, large leaf measuring about 15 feet tall and 11 inches in stem-diameter spans almost 17-feet-tall well beyond the range of NBA superstars!
This vegetative phase can last 1-2 years, during which the tuber increases in size. The leaf eventually dies, and the tuber sits dormant again. At the end of this dormancy, the exciting wait period begins for another bloom.
The second flower, which bloomed 10 days after the first flower, has sat dormant up to early March of 2013 with no visible developing leaf. Each tuber is different in the length of time it sits in each phase, so it is difficult to predict a bloom. Times range from 2-3 years between bloom dates. In addition to these two tubers, there are four smaller tubers in various stages of vegetative growth.
During the blooming of the second tuber, The Niagara Parks Commission was contacted by Ohio State University in hopes of attaining pollen for their own developing flower, which requires pollen from another flower to develop seed. The NPC shipped frozen pollen gathered in late May, and Ohio State University returned the favour by sending back approximately 200 seed. The seed was planted on March 6, 2013 and may take up to 160 days to germinate.
The Floral Showhouse at 7145 Niagara Parkway is a short walk from Niagara Falls.
First Ever Canadian Titan Arum at Niagara Falls Floral Showhouse
Time Lapse of the OSU Titan Arum bloom
Admission Information: $5.00 Adults (13+ years), $3.75 Children (6 to 12 years). Children 5 and under are FREE! Ontario residents may upgrade to a season pass to enjoy the changing displays all year. Paid parking is available on-site.