Newfoundland and Labrador is a place of wonder and beauty. It is also a place of lore. The gardens you’ll find are connected by stories; stories of people, of the landscape, of our shared cultures. In fact, there isn't a rock, cliff, tree, garden, or cave around here without a legend attached. Come hear the stories for yourself.
Memorial University Botanical Garden:
Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden is the province’s only botanical garden and is 44 hectares of cultivated gardens and nature trails, surrounding beautiful Oxen Pond. A place to explore and play, MUN Botanical Garden has cultivated gardens and meandering trails nestled in our boreal forest. You’ll discover beautiful displays of traditional and native plants, perennial and vegetable gardens, and a few surprises. Stop to feed the ducks in our pond then pause in the café for coffee or lunch. A gardener’s paradise, a place to inspire, come step into nature, just minutes from downtown.
Established in established in 1971 as a centre for botanical, horticultural and environmental research and education we opened to the public in 1977. Today you will find a multitude of native plants as well as cultivated plants suitable for our climate. Our designed gardens boast ten acres of beauty that include rock and crevice gardens, peat beds, an English cottage garden, a heritage garden, shade and white gardens, a demonstration veggie garden, as well as a medicinal and sensory garden, and a Rhododendron dell.
The remaining 100 acres is a natural area with accessible walking trails. These trails will connect you to a display of native plants growing in natural Newfoundland habitats including: wetlands (bog and fen), freshwater (Oxen Pond), riparian, boreal forest (coniferous and mixed deciduous), and Newfoundland barrens.
Our research into local ecosystem habitat enhancement and management, native plant conservation, biodiversity, and environmental stewardship has always complimented and inspired our education programs, with Garden environmental policies forming the basis for educational exhibits, publications and programs.
In the field of plant conservation, MUN Botanical Garden works closely with the Limestone Barrens Species-at-Risk Conservation and Recovery Team securing long-term persistence of rare plants of the limestone barrens on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland.
We are the centre for coordination of Plantwatch Newfoundland and Labrador, a component of the national PlantWatch program, an environmental monitoring program providing data on climate change through phenology (flowering dates). The Garden is also the centre for coordination of Invasive Alien Plant Species Eyes Across the Province environmental monitoring program.
The Garden is a registered participant in the International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation, the worldwide implementation of the International Agenda in support of plant conservation, environmental awareness and sustainable development and is an active member of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).
May 1 - August 31: Daily 10am-5pm
June - August: Twilight Tuesdays 5pm-8pm
September 1 - November 28: Daily 10am-4pm