Gage Park Greenhouse

Operational 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

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:

  • Free admission
  • Open 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week excluding statutory holidays
  • Pets are not permitted inside the tropical house with the exception of service dogs

Tropical Greenhouse Closure Dates

  • Monday, September 2 Closed for Labour Day
  • Sunday, September 8 11:30 am to 4 pm - Closed to public

For rental opportunities please fill out the Tropical Greenhouse Rental application form (PDF, 185 KB) and email it to Rental Payments can be made at any Municipal Centre Location Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Tropical House bookings must be made at least 7 days in advance of the proposed event date.

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

Spring Tide Bulb Show

The Spring Tide Show takes place each March Break at our Gage Park Greenhouse facility. Hundreds of bulbs and blooms are on display featuring a new theme each year. This is a free show and a donation to Hamilton Food Share is appreciated. Learn more about the Spring Tide Bulb Show.

Spring Tide Bulb Show - Hawaiian Luau

Hamilton Fall Garden & Mum Show

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.

October 18 to 27, 2019
Gage Park Greenhouse
Mum Show is open daily 9 am to 7 pm 

The Mum Show, as most people refer to the show, started in 1920 and has seen many changes over the years. A new theme each year has taken us through dramatic scenes of flowers, colours and displays.

The Chrysanthemum Show is an amazing floral display created by some of Hamilton’s finest horticulture staff. The display is a breathtaking feature of over 200 varieties of Chrysanthemums, and more than 75,000 blooms and has a different them each year.