Maplelawn Garden

Maplelawn Garden, located at 529 Richmond Road in Ottawa’s west end, is one of the Capital Region’s most unique gardens.

It is a rare example of a well-preserved 19th century walled garden. Very few of these types of gardens have survived to this day.


The NCC has been the steward of the Maplelawn Garden since the 1950s. In 1989, Maplelawn was designated a national historic site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. In 1993, a group of volunteers came together as the Friends of Maplelawn Garden, with the objective of preserving and rehabilitating the walled garden. In so doing, they discovered a large variety of perennials still thriving within its walls, such as the old peonies for which the garden was once famous.

Friends of Maplelawn Garden

The Friends of Maplelawn Garden have worked with the NCC on several initiatives to restore the garden to a historically inspired version of how it looked over the years from the time when it was first created in the 1830s and then renewed in the 1930s

Contact us to volunteer at Maplelawn Garden.

The garden is open for quiet enjoyment from dawn to dusk during the growing season (April to October).


Washrooms: There are no public washrooms at this site.

Parking: Monday to Friday, there is two-hour on-street parking alongside the garden at 529 Richmond Road, except between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday, there is two-hour on-street parking alongside the garden all day.