Explore Our Gardens
Centre Street Garden
Centre Street Garden is at the intersection of Centre Street and T. J. Dolan Drive, east of John Street near a very interesting and pleasant residential area. The garden is designed to represent two ponds separated by a tumbling stream, with very attractive and enjoyable plants suggesting a meadow overlooking the Avon River.
Churchill Circle includes four garden areas with many perennial and annual varieties. The garden is within the traffic circle at the end of John Street North, and it is not unusual to see cars making repeated circuits of the traffic circle to view the flowers. There is ample parking nearby for a walk around the gardens, which is highly recommended.
The Dutch Memorial Garden, at the intersection of Huron, Mornington and William Streets, commemorates Stratford’s friendship with Dutch Troops stationed here during the Second World War. It has a fine display of red and white spring tulips (representing the relationship between Canada and Holland) and many beautiful summer flowers.
These gardens (principally The Arthur Meighan Gardens, The Elizabethan Gardens and The Carpet Gardens) are on the grounds of the main theatre of Stratford Shakespeare Festival. It is not unusual to meet visitors who are there specifically to enjoy the gardens with large varieties of perennial, annual and aquatic plants.
Extending west from Huron Street on the south shore of the Avon River, the Shakespearean Gardens have been an attraction since 1939, representing the beginning of Stratford’s park system. Originally conceived as a setting for plants and flowers in Shakespeare’s writings, the gardens now have many more varieties, as well as a large selection from Shakespeare’s time.
More Stratford Gardens
Stratford’s public gardens are major attractions, but the city has many more gardens to enjoy. As an annual Communities In Bloom participant, Stratford won the national competition in 2003 and is a finalist in 2017. Watch for gardens throughout the city with thousands of plants maintained by the Parks Department. Enjoy gardens maintained by Stratford businesses and the many gardens maintained by home owners. For those who enjoy gardens and gardening, there always seems something new to see in Stratford.