Wednesday, June 12, 2024
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Let us check out “Garden of the Year” this winter

Last month The Leaf was honored with the title “Garden of the Year” by Canada Garden Council at the International Garden Tourism Conference. After years of construction, this horticultural beauty is finally glowing and becoming the new landmark of the city, Winnipeg.   
Located in Winnipeg’s historic Assiniboine Park and surrounded by approximately 30 acres of new gardens and greenspace, The Leaf – which opened in December 2022 – is the most significant horticultural development undertaken in Canada within the past 25 years. 
The Leaf is planted with more than 12,000 trees, shrubs, and flowers representing over 400 unique species flourishing in four separate indoor biomes. Designed to fulfill a modern purpose by exploring the universal human connection with plants and nature, the Leaf features state of the art engineering and stunning architecture designed to create a transcendent visitor experience and optimal growing conditions for thousands of trees, shrubs, flowers, and other plant life flourishing in four unique indoor biomes: Hartley and Heather Richardson Tropical Biome, Mediterranean Biome, Babs Asper Display House, and Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden. Visitor amenities include beautifully appointed event and banquet facilities, indoor and outdoor programming spaces, a gift shop, coffee bar, and exciting new destination restaurant called Gather Craft Kitchen & Bar. 
Through horticultural and interpretive displays, education programs, on-site engagement, and special events, The Leaf explores the human connection with nature and the role plants play in shaping our communities and cultures.
Visitors encounter a cooler, less humid environment in the Mediterranean Biome, which showcases plant life from climatic zones known for their superb fruits, fine wines, and abundant crops such as Greece, Italy, South Africa, Central Chile, Southwest Australia, and California.
The Babs Asper Display House celebrates the art of horticulture with a rotating schedule of dynamic floral displays that change four to five times per year, exploring seasonal and global themes.
Located in Winnipeg’s historic Assiniboine Park, The Leaf is surrounded by six uniquely themed public gardens: the Indigenous Peoples Garden, Kitchen Garden, Sensory Garden, Performance Garden, Seasonal Garden, and The Grove.

What's on at the Leaf?

Gardener Chats

Chat with a member of our horticultural team while you explore The Leaf! Our expert gardeners will explore our connections to plants, and provide insider knowledge about the beautiful plantings within the biomes. 

Location: Please check the signage at The Leaf for the location of the daily Gardener Chat.
Date and Time: Daily, 10:00 am

Gardener Chats are presented by Lawn ‘N’ Order Custom Landscapes Inc.

Create and Connect Crafts

Stop by the Tannis M. Richardson Classroom for some hands-on crafting using natural or recycled products! Crafts are appropriate for kids and families of all ages and are accessible without admission to the biomes. Space is limited in the classroom. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Location: Tannis M. Richardson Classroom
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dates: Sundays, December 17, January 7, January 21

Photo credit/ The Leaf