Community

People touring the gardens during the McTaggart Cowan event

Finnerty Gardens is a favourite destination for our neighbours, for residents of the Capital Region, for visitors from far afield as well as for our campus community. We encourage you to explore the gardens year round—there is always something interesting to experience. Our horticultural collections are endlessly fascinating as the seasons change and offer inspiration whether you are a gardener, a botainist or are seeking a lovely place to walk, visit and contemplate nature. Bird watchers will have much to observe.

View our photo galleries.

walking tour of the gardens (PDF) can be downloaded.

Groups and gatherings

Groups are also welcome in the gardens, though we ask that you let us know if you are planning a gathering so that we can share tour materials with you and advise you if there are any conflicting public or maintenance activities underway. As well, we ask that you stay on the pathways and lawn areas, refrain from picking flowers or foliage and ensure that nothing is left behind when you depart.

Information on group uses and tour booking is available from Peter Roberts: . Please note that commercial tour organizers will be assessed a fee of $100 + taxes for guided group tours offered by horticultural specialists.

As the gardens are open to the public they cannot be booked for special events. Should you be taking family pictures or sharing special moments in Finnerty Gardens, we ask that you respect other visitors' access and enjoyment.

Interfaith Chapel

The university's Interfaith Chapel is located beside the main entrance to Finnerty Gardens.