Niagara Parks’ Signature Rooted Festival Returns to the Botanical Gardens in September

Niagara Parks’ Botanical Gardens are transformed into a hub of activity over four weekends in September

Festival grounds are free to the public with a variety of family activities

Access to workshops, demonstrations and tours included with purchase of a Rooted Pass

An Invite to All from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted September 5th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

One of the many majestic trees in Niagara Parks’ Botanical Gardens

Niagara Falls, Ontario – Niagara Parks’ signature autumn experience, Rooted, returns to the Botanical Gardens this September. Guests are invited to enjoy the beautiful gardens through interactive workshops, talks, tours and demonstrations that explore how the natural environment sustains and nurtures us physically, mentally and creatively.

The Rooted festival presents four specially themed weekends with workshops led by local experts, behind-the-scenes tours and demonstrations with Niagara Parks staff, and other interactive events, all taking place within the stunning Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens.

Entry to the festival grounds is free to the public, including a variety of family activities and programming, while access to the workshops, demonstrations and tours is included with the purchase of a Rooted Pass.

Rooted Passes are available for a single weekend for $15 or all four weekends for $40.

For more information and to purchase your Rooted Pass, please visit<>.

Weekend 1: Pollinators (September 7 – 8)

Pollinating species play a crucial role in maintaining our environment and precious ecosystem. Programming for the Pollinator themed weekend focuses on education and discovery, offering exciting behind-the-scenes looks at how Niagara Parks’ environmental preservation efforts are carried out.

Weekend 2: Art in the Garden (September 14 – 15)

Art in the Garden invites festival attendees to experience the Botanical Gardens in a new way, with interactive workshops and inspiring experiences to bring out the inner artist in anyone. Beyond honing artistic skills, Art in the Garden weekend offers opportunities to enjoy the natural art of the Botanical Gardens – whether through natural sounds, like birds and fountains, or the incredible colours found throughout the garden.

Weekend 3: Edible Garden (September 21 – 22)

The environment, the gardens that are grown and the food that is cultivated connects us. Learn how developing your own garden can inspire you to make better food choices to improve your well-being. During the Edible Garden weekend, explore the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens to find the vegetables and herbs nurtured by students at our School of Horticulture.

Take part in various workshops to explore our relationship with the land, learn how to build your own backyard garden, and understand the benefits of community gardens. At the end of this weekend, you’ll take home DIY recipes to make your own natural health products from kombucha to botanical soap.

Mr. Plant Geek – Michael Perry

Mr. Plant Geek, Michael Perry, one of the UK’s most influential horticulturalists, returns to Niagara Parks for two quirky and engaging talks on the world of plants. The two interactive sessions will take place on September 21 and 22, entitled “The Forbidden World of Plants” and “The Plant Magician”. After each session, guests will be able to mingle and enjoy light refreshments with a cash bar on-site serving craft beers and other beverages. Tickets are $35 (one session) or $55 (two sessions) and are sold separately from the Rooted Passes.

Tickets can be purchased at<>.

Weekend 4: Creativity, Mindfulness and Well-being (September 28 – 29)

This weekend, guests will connect with nature and re-focus energy through exploration, discovery and grounding. The Botanical Gardens will be the site of a variety of health and wellness activities such as meditation, drum circles, yoga, Tai Chi and gardening.

Feel refreshed, centered and at peace after reconnecting with the earth and yourself. Workshops this weekend include sessions on essential oils, sound healing, natural deodorants and more.

Guest Information

Festival Admission: Entry to the festival grounds is free to the public, including a variety of family programming. Access to the workshops, tours and demonstrations will require a Rooted Pass. Rooted Passes are available for a single weekend for $15 or all four weekends for $40.

Visit<> to purchase your Pass.

Butterfly Café: Throughout the festival, the Butterfly Café will be offering a special lunch option featuring fresh wraps, warm kettle chips, and a butterfly cookie. All proceeds raised from the purchase of butterfly cookies, directly support the pollinator conservation program at Niagara Parks.

Parking: Parking is available on-site at the Botanical Gardens; free parking is included with a Rooted Pass or tickets for a Michael Perry session.

Hours of Operation: Rooted programming runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in September.

Location: Rooted festival grounds are located in the Botanical Gardens, between the Butterfly Café and the Butterfly Conservatory.

Event Schedule: The full schedule of events and workshops is available online<>.

About Niagara Parks – Since its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Today, Niagara Parks boasts gardens, a horticulture school, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and, of course, Niagara Falls. In short, natural landscapes, history, family fun, hiking, culinary delights, attractions and adventure.

For more information, please visit<>

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