The Garden Club of Niagara

Niagara Parks is celebrating its 25-year partnership with the Garden Club of Niagara.
Since 1995, the Club has offered local gardeners and designers the opportunity to participate in designing and maintaining the historic McFarland House gardens. The Club also draws on the knowledge and talents of experienced community members to offer workshops and events on a variety of horticultural interests and floral design techniques.


McFarland House

McFarland House is situated in Niagara-on-the-Lake, along the bike trail of the Niagara River Parkway. A historically protected site, it is home to a glass-enclosed tearoom serving freshly baked scones and delicate desserts with traditional afternoon tea.

The home is highlighted by a large heritage garden featuring herbs and flowers tended by the Garden Club of Niagara.

The Garden Club of Niagara

The Garden Club of Niagara was established in 1995. It’s comprised of 70 members who are local residents with experience in horticulture and floral design.

Each year, members dedicate their time to maintaining the 19th century gardens outside McFarland House and many of the special events that take place during the year.

During the holidays, members of the Garden Club of Niagara decorate McFarland House for the annual Holiday House Tour.

In addition to its commitment to the McFarland House gardens, the Garden Club of Niagara provides scholarships for students attending the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture


A Heritage Garden

The heritage gardens outside McFarland House are designed the same way gardens would have been in the past, featuring a wonderful mix of items a home would need throughout the four seasons.

There are medicinal herbs, plants for culinary uses and flowers used for decorating.

Many of the vegetables grown in the heritage gardens are used to create delicious items served inside the historic tearoom.

Environmental Stewardship

Niagara Parks is the environmental and cultural stewards of the Niagara River corridor.

The gardens at the McFarland House are part of a collection of designated Pollinator gardens found throughout our 56-kilometre parklands.

No herbicides or pesticides are used in cultivating the lands at McFarland House.