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MISSISSAUGA GARDEN FESTIVAL & GARDEN TOUR
10 am - 4 pm (rain or shine)
Please visit this page again in the spring of 2018.
The first Mississauga Garden Festival was held on July 9, 2017. It was a successful pilot project, a collaboration between Cloverleaf Garden Club and Applewood Garden Club.
It comprised of a traditional paid self-guided tour of 10 private gardens in the Rattray Marsh area and a bonus free “festival” at the Bradley museum.
2017 Festival Features and Highlights:
How the self-guided garden tour works:
Guided by the map (part of the ticket), visitors navigate from one residential property to the next. To help you navigate, each property is identified by a "Mississauga Garden Festival" sign.
Upon arrival, visitors check in with the garden sitter, and then stroll through the gardens on the property. Be sure to chat with the property owner.
Plan on having a good breakfast to last you the 4 hours (9am-1pm), as you're likely to need the whole time to see all the gardens at a leisurely pace.
By 1:30pm, return to the Bradley Museum for the cake cutting ceremony and the key guest speaker.
Garden Tour Etiquette:
• Gardens may be visited in any order between 9am and 1pm.
• Please respect the on-street parking by-laws (to avoid being ticketed), and have consideration for the lawns.
• Also, please respect the privacy and kindness of the home owners who generously volunteered their private gardens for this event.
• Thank you for supervising your children, not bringing pets, and for not smoking.
• Please note that, in general, gardens are not wheelchair accessible.
Visitors assume all risk of injury, loss or damage incidental to the event, whether occurring prior to, during or subsequent to the event, and hereby releases the Cloverleaf Garden Club of Mississauga, participating homeowners and volunteers from any and all liabilities resulting from such event.
History of Cloverleaf Garden Tours:
Cloverleaf has been hosting garden tours since 1966, each year with a selection of different private gardens in south Mississauga.
"...The first garden tour I ever attended was in 1966, and as far as I have been able to ascertain, it was in fact the first such tour at least in Ontario, perhaps in Canada. It was the brainchild of the Cloverleaf Garden Club in what were then the communities of Port Credit, Clarkson and Lorne Park. They and others are all now part of the City of Mississauga.
It was Cloverleaf member (and strong promoter) Tom Crookston, who lived on Mineola Road West, who came to me with the idea asking my thoughts. I told him I thought it a great idea and over the next several years, I helped with various publicity ideas in order to build the attendance.
Naturally, Tom’s garden was on that first tour, and I can still remember seeing his wonderful English delphiniums and the many other fine perennials for the first time. In those days, annual flowers were King, and perennial growing was a lost art. Tom Crookston would be impressed with the huge surge in perennial gardening that has developed in the last two decades.
For more information or if you have a garden you are proud of or know of a garden you would like to recommend for our garden tours, please contact: Sheila.
For Garden Tours by other societies of the Ontario Horticulture Association (OHA), please click here.
Last Updated: 2017-09-25