Explore the Gardens
The Gardens at The Leaf are open.
Journey outdoors through the Gardens at The Leaf, where each garden offers a new adventure and exhilarating surprises.
Over the weeks, months and years to come, the gardens will evolve as they mature and change with the seasons.
Discover the outdoor Gardens at The Leaf - close to 30 acres gardens and greenspace in the southeast corner of Assiniboine Park. There are six areas to explore - Indigenous Peoples Garden, Kitchen Garden, Sensory Garden, Performance Garden, Seasonal Garden, and The Grove.
We invite you to watch this beautiful video that tells the story of the Gardens at The Leaf, people who inspired its creation, and our vision for how these gardens will grow to create a place where nature and culture unite.
The Indigenous Peoples Garden
The Indigenous Peoples Garden is a gathering place that recognizes our country’s strong Indigenous heritage.
The beliefs and traditions of Indigenous peoples reflect a deep philosophical understanding and respect for nature. Their stories, dances, music, art, clothing, and spiritual rituals reflect the belief that spirits exist among the natural world. Here, in the Indigenous Peoples Garden, the relationships of Indigenous cultures with the environment, both past and present, will be explored.
Through careful planning, led by Indigenous landscape and architectural designers, this is a place that serves as a crossroads of cultures, a place for sharing knowledge, where people can discover or rediscover the culture of Canada’s first inhabitants, while offering an opportunity for Indigenous peoples to share their traditions, wisdom and connection with the land. The garden’s design was created over the course of several years through a collaborative process involving Indigenous elders, designers, and community leaders.
Assiniboine Park is located on Treaty 1 territory within the Province of Manitoba, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dene, and Dakota Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.
The Kitchen Garden is home to a variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and other edible plants. It also features plantings that thematically connect the Kitchen Garden with the adjacent Indigenous Peoples’ Garden, including the three sisters (corn, squash and beans).
The Kitchen Garden will also focus on active gardening, with potential for demonstrations, classes, composting, and water conservation. The area includes a variety of themed garden beds with rotating crops, an arbour, an outdoor oven, and a variety of greenhouses for planting and demonstration.
The Seasonal Garden celebrates change expressed through perennial plant selections that will peak at different times throughout the spring, summer, and fall. This evolving space accommodates activities in all four seasons, featuring a garden path, water feature, arbour, and seating. A wide variety of plant life will showcase the beauty of perennial gardens.
The Sensory Garden is a feast for the senses! Engage with plants through sight, smell, touch, and sound. Points of interest include a garden bed dedicated to a rotating variety of colourful, aromatic, and tactile plant species, and hill-like topographical features replete with tall grasses that invite exploration. The Sensory Garden offers a fully involved garden experience that promotes interaction with nature in an extraordinary way.
The Performance Garden offers opportunities for visitors to enjoy a variety of different art forms while surrounded by nature. The focal point of the Performance Garden is an outdoor stage surrounding by a gently tiered and landscaped seating area.
The Grove focuses on the majesty of trees. Here you'll encounter an abundance of plant life in the spring, a cool retreat in the summer, breathtaking views of fall foliage and refuge from the cold winter along beautiful snow covered paths. The Grove wraps visitors in a tranquil arboretum setting that reminds us of the simple beauty and calming nature of trees and shrubs.
Bring this vision to life!
Imagine a place where nature, culture and community unite. Imagine a place that inspires us to live in harmony with nature and each other.