Sep 072014


A garden retreat in Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park

The 1,110 acre Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba offers a variety of attractions. One of these is the English Garden. Its winding paths and free-form gardens are indicative of the English Landscape style, an approach to gardens that became popular in the eighteenth century. Irregular shapes and openness to the surrounding landscape were a bit of a backlash against the rigid symmetry of the Formal Garden.

English Garden path

English Garden



Assiniboine Park English Garden

The English Garden is also home to several historic statues.

English Garden statue

This statue was given by the Young Peoples’ Christian Endeavor Society to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1897 and unveiled at old City Hall on Main Street in 1898. It was moved to the English Garden in 1967, Canada’s Centennial year.

Coat of arms

This Coat of Arms of Canada originally graced the Garry Street entrance to the Annex of the Main Post Office Building

English Garden statue

This stonework originally graced the facade of Canadian Pacific Railway’s Royal Alexandria Hotel


Grandma's Cottage

Grandma’s Cottage

Much of the garden is currently planted with annuals. There is a program underway to revitalize the garden and restore it to its historic intent.

Assiniboine Park English Garden

Other attractions at Assiniboine Park include a zoo, a nature playground, a steam train, formal gardens, a conservatory, a herb garden, Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, a duck pond, and plenty of space to picnic and play. Admission to the English Garden is free.

English Garden


  2 Responses to “English Garden”

  1. Loved your pictures of the gardens. When our landscaper came over to do our yard, he said he was going to do an English Garden and I love it. Assiniboine Park looks beautiful

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