Niagara Parks is pleased to present the third annual Rooted event series, encompassing a selection of nature and gardens-themed workshops, demonstrations, art shows and a Pop-up Dinner, all taking place at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, Butterfly Conservatory and Niagara Glen throughout the month of September.

Majestic Monarchs

Niagara Parks’ Rooted series of events begins on the first weekend of September, with the return of the annual Majestic Monarchs tag and release program at the Butterfly Conservatory. Educational displays will cover the fascinating life history, migration and habitat of the Monarch butterfly. As part of this program, participants will be able to learn more about the life stages of the butterfly, as they transform from caterpillars into chrysalis and later Monarchs. The program will also include Monarch tagging demonstrations (starting at 10 a.m.), followed by their release into the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens to begin their great migration south to Mexico.

Tagging monarchs is an essential part of monitoring the population of the species and the success of their migration. This program takes place September 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free for the public. 

Art in the Garden

The following weekend from September 8 to 9, Rooted continues with art shows and demonstrations held at the Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture, including the Parkway Artists’ Guild juried art show taking place in the Butterfly Exhibit Hall. The annual juried art show features original pieces by local artists that celebrate the beauty of the garden. The weekend also includes a Children’s Paint Corner, a Museum Corner where guests can make their own bookmark on a historic printing press, and a Performance in the Park by the Dominion Repertory Theatre. 

The Edible Garden

Niagara Parks’ 2018 Rooted programming includes a series of unique culinary events beginning with the final Pop-up Dinner of the year at the Botanical Gardens on Thursday, September 20. The sold-out culinary event will open with a welcome reception in the Herb Garden with Rosewood Estates mead sangria and a feature cocktail by Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers, alongside an impressive selection of hors d’oeuvres. The spectacular gardens will then host an outdoor dinner service comprised of dishes highlighting locally sourced ingredients and food products, prepared on-site by Niagara Parks Culinary, as well as local craft beer and VQA wine.

This year’s Rooted programming will also include a journey through the Botanical Gardens to discover the healing properties of plants and herbs. From digestive aids, to headaches, to sleep and meditation aids; ancient wisdom keepers have known for thousands of years that within these plants are keys to unlocking our greatest health and vitality. The weekend will also feature sessions about preserving the garden and includes a special guest session with Executive Chef Ross Midgley of Ravine Winery. 

Nature and Gardens Workshops

Mindfulness Workshops

Building on Niagara Parks’ new Namaste Niagara wellness event series which hosts yoga practices at Journey Behind the Falls and guided meditation sessions at White Water Walk throughout the summer months, Rooted presents a series of mindfulness workshops beginning on September 15-16 and continuing through the following two weekends.

From learning about the power of positive affirmations and The Law of Attraction to a guided meditation set in the peaceful grounds of the Botanical Gardens, the workshops invite guests to connect with nature and get “Rooted” while letting go of the tension, stress and anxiety of everyday life. 

Rooted in the Garden Floral Workshop

The Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse will be hosting a Rooted-themed fall floral workshop on September 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Led by our talented team of horticulturalists, guests will try their hand at floral arranging to create their own fall urns, drawing inspiration from the annual Reiger Begonia display, which will be in bloom at the Floral Showhouse

Rooted in Culture                       

The final weekend of Rooted events kicks off with a special performance by Devin Cuddy, musician and son of Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, at the Botanical Gardens festival tent on Thursday, September 27.  Also taking place on Thursday, will be The Priceless Art Auction event, where pieces of art are auctioned off to young professionals who pledge the most volunteer hours – their time rather than their dime. Continuing throughout the weekend will be two garden workshops that explore the healing power of sound and music.

For more information on all of the above, including to register for the workshops, please visit niagaraparks.com/rooted.

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