Culture

Gage Park Greenhouse

Tropical Greenhouse is currently closed
In an effort to redirect staffing resources to aid with vaccination efforts in the face of surging COVID-19 infections, the Tropical Greenhouse has been closed. Detailed information about services, facilities and programs that are currently modified or cancelled can be found at www.hamilton.ca/covidclosures

Tropical Greenhouse

1000 Main Street East, Hamilton
The newly constructed 14,000 square-foot (1,300 square metre), fully accessible greenhouse features a collection of subtropical plants, unique species and palm trees. The greenhouse is designed as a community gathering place, providing opportunities to use the greenhouse as an educational center and as a rentable space for special events including wedding photos.

The greenhouse also features:

  • Waterfalls
  • Ponds with fish, turtles and waterlilies
  • Tiered concrete seating

Visiting the greenhouse:

  • Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Free admission
  • Pets are not permitted inside the tropical house with the exception of service dogs

As of Monday July 24, 2021 the Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse is open to the public. Several changes are in place, including capacity limits, physical distancing measures and health-screening signage.

Closures

  • Closed until further notice

Gage Park Greenhouse

The operational greenhouse at Gage Park features 18,720 square feet of space for growing plants year round. We use plants grown at the greenhouse for:

  • Flowering traffic islands
  • Park displays
  • Flowers at City facilities including City Hall, Sam Lawrence Park and Gage Park

The greenhouse also features:

  • High pressure sodium grow lights increase light during winter months
  • Roof venting system to get plants used to the outdoor temperatures before being removed from the greenhouse
  • High-efficiency condensation boilers to improve energy conservation
  • In-floor heating reduces boiler use by providing heat to the plant roots
  • Shade curtains to reduce heat loss and light intensity

For rental opportunities please fill out the Tropical Greenhouse Rental application form (PDF, 352 KB) and email it to [email protected] for review and approval. Once approved, rental Payments can be made at any Municipal Centre Location Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse is currently accepting booking for events. Limit restrictions of 60 people at any given time or per event.

Weddings, wedding photography, professional filming, or model shoots inside the Tropical Greenhouse require a permit. For more information please contact [email protected]

TGH Plant Feature of the Month

As part of the City of Hamilton’s Tropical Greenhouse Feature of the Month, tune in to learn more about the Australian Tree Fern.

Previous months plant features


Video Lobster Claw


Video Lobster Claw


Video Tropical Water Lillies


Video: Bird of Paradise

Corpse Flower

The City of Hamilton Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse has a large Corpse Flower corm named 'Kramer', gifted to the Tropical Greenhouse from Niagara Parks. Watch Kramer Grow.

Watch Kramer the Corpse Flower grow

Gage Park Rose Garden

1000 Main Street East, Hamilton
The rose garden is located in the centre of Gage Park. It is filled with 16 hybrid tea varieties and 14 climbing roses. The flowers come in many colours including red, pink, yellow, white and peach. Visit the rose garden mid-summer when the roses are in full bloom.

Gage Park

1000 Main Street East, Hamilton
Gage Park, built in a style reflective of the Canadian City Beautiful movement of the 1920s, is one of Hamilton’s most iconic, historical and cultural landscapes. The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) announced that Hamilton’s Gage Park was selected as the recipient of the inaugural CSLA Legacy Project Award (2016). Gage Park has outstanding gardens, a historical fountain and a large selection of trees. The new Gage Park Tropical House is another jewel in the park.


 

Parking lot entrance off of Lawrence Road, just east of Gage Avenue South. Take the pathway at the north side of the parking lot to the Horticulture Depot.
Wheelchair Accessible & Free Parking

Sam Lawrence Park

255 Concession Street, Hamilton
Sam Lawrence Park, situated on the Mountain brow at the top of the Jolley Cut, is one of the jewels in Hamilton’s park system. Its features include a rock garden with perennial flowers, ornamental benches and lighting, walkways (most of which are accessible), wildflowers and prairie grasses, and an extensive system of interpretive signs. The park also offers spectacular, panoramic views of the lower city and the harbour. On clear days, one can see the CN Tower while gazing at the 180 degree panorama view of Hamilton.

Greenhouse Events

Hamilton Fall Garden & Mum Show

The Chrysanthemum Show is an amazing floral display created by some of Hamilton’s finest horticulture staff. Chrysanthemums traditionally take stage in the autumn as the sumptuous palette of the season revolves around orange, brown, green, yellow and red, with a hint of pink and purple. People want to snuggle up indoors as daylight fades and Chrysanthemums are just perfect for those warm cozy moments. Chrysanthemums bring swaths of colour to the end of summer. Learn more about the Fall Garden & Mum Show.

2021 Event Details

October 22 to 31, 2021
Daily 10am to 6 pm
Gage Park Greenhouse

Free Admission

Reserve your free tickets online
Purchase tickets button

Note: As part of the Province of Ontario’s release of the “Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long Term”, effective October 25, 2021, capacity limits have been lifted in indoor meeting and event spaces where proof of vaccination is required. The Fall Garden & Mum Show meets this criteria and has released more tickets online to meet this capacity expansion. Masking and providing proof of vaccination and ID remains unchanged.

  • Your reservation is valid during the time block you select. Your selected time indicates your 2 hour arrival window, plan the start of your visit anytime during that 2 hour window.
  • Online reservations are encouraged to help manage capacity limits in accordance with Provincial gathering restrictions.
  • Guests are required to wear facemasks or face coverings in compliance with the City of Hamilton bylaw.
  • Public Health Guidelines will be in effect. 
  • Proof of Vaccination and Valid ID are required for entry. 
  • As a courtesy, please only book the timeslot you intend on visiting so that all guests looking to visit the Fall Garden & Mum Show have an opportunity to book.