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Brantford - Parks & Gardens

Brantford's beautiful award-winning parks and gardens are internationally known.  Give yourself an opportunity to discover and experience the floral and historic splendor of our Victorian city.
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Alexandra Park is one of the oldest parks in the city. It was originally intended as a market square for the residents of the community. In 1914, the renowned landscape architect, Dunnington-Grub, proposed the development of a very formal park complete with pathways, a central bandstand, and flower beds. Only a portion of the originally proposed work was ever completed. The cannon located along Dalhousie Street is Russian. It was confiscated during the Crimean War, and given as a gift to the City of Brantford by the British 7th Royal Fusiliers during their stay in the city around 1866.
Alexander Melville Bell purchased this property in 1870 for the grand sum of $2,600. It was here that his son, Alexander Graham Bell, invented the telephone. The grounds around the Homestead are gradually being returned to a landscape that is more reminiscent of the late 1800's. A kitchen garden, flowering perennials and a less pristine lawn are now key interpretive elements of the site. The Tea House on the site is open year-round.
The Bell Memorial sculpturally represents man's ability to transmit sound through space. The two bronze figures flanking the main panel represent humanity. One figure is portrayed in the act of sending, the other receiving, messages over the telephone. The park itself is laid out in a grand manner, as recommended in Dunnington-Grub's 1914 landscape plan. Today, the park still reflects a very formal layout and its pathway is lined by beds of flowering annuals.
This beautiful property was the former residence of the Cockshutt's - one of Brantford's most influential families. Bequeathed to the City in 1956, the estate is now home to the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, and features art exhibits in the main house gallery, workshops in the old coach house, and a gardener's cottage now used as space for rent by artists. The upper gardens are maintained as one of Brantford's finest horticultural parks - displaying spectacular annual plantings, specimen trees, and shrubs. It provides a setting for various contemporary sculptures and earthworks, as well as more traditional works of "garden art". The lower gardens are gradually being restored to a more natural state with wildflower plantings, organic garden plots and Carolinian forest species. Glenhyrst Gardens & Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant Virtual Tour
Opened in 1897 as part of Brantford's "Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee" celebrations, Jubilee Terrace has always provided scenic views of the Lorne Bridge and the Grand River. The park fronts on to the Dufferin Rifles Armoury - built in 1893 and named after the Earl of Dufferin, Governor General. The site is also home to Brantford's first war memorial, erected in 1903 in honour of three Brantford men who died in Boer War.
Brantford's premier horticultural park was reclaimed from the Grand River and has become the heart of the community's parks inventory. In 1920, the park was known as "Pickwick Park" and was used by avid miniature golf enthusiasts. Lorne Park contains the largest public rose garden in the community. An abundance of annual plantings create a perfect backdrop for wedding photos throughout the spring and summer.
The park was officially opened on May 24, 1895, at the terminus of the Brantford Street Railway. The site was formerly part of Lovejoy Estate and a popular site for swimming, canoeing, cricket matches and bicycling. The oak forest is by far the most significant natural component of the site. After years of heavy usage, the oaks have declined. In an attempt to restore the forest, the westerly section of the park has been allowed to regenerate and the growth of young oaks can now be seen. Take a Virtual Tour
Preston Park is one of only a few horticultural parks located within a residential neighbourhood. Originally, the lower sunken area was a goldfish pond. Laid out in a formal Beaux Arts style, the park features specimen trees, shrubs, and colourful annual plantings.
Although no formal record can be found, it is assumed that the park draws its name from its diminutive size. The park contains large annual beds in both sun and shade and a selection of specimen trees. The I.O.D.E. monument honours the men and women who served during World War II.
The original survey of the park was formally established by architect, John Turner, upon completion of the adjacent Courthouse building. In 1866, the magnificent bronze monument to Iroquois leader, Captain Joseph Brant, was unveiled as the central feature of the square, and by the early 1900's, the grounds displayed a formal layout paths, hedges and specimen trees. Today, panel beds mark the corners of the "Union Jack" square and colourful annuals highlight the historic statue of Joseph Brant.
Originally dedicated in 1933, the Cenotaph or War Memorial recognizes all those who served and lost their lives in World War I and II and the Korean War. The seven bronze figures represent the various branches of the armed forces. This monument is unique, in that it portrays the role played by women during World War II. The park is bound by clipped hedging and once was used for carpet bedding displays.