Riverwood is home to several stunning gardens, all of which are maintained by The Riverwood Conservancy’s team of volunteer gardeners. As part of our 2020-2023 Strategic Directions, we are committed to remaining a local leader in horticulture, and providing informed perspectives in the design and maintenance of gardens at Riverwood to support and enhance the natural beauty of the site.
Our organization was founded in 1985 as the Mississauga Garden Council, and our founders’ expertise and love of gardening remains influential in our work to build the broader community’s collective knowledge and capacity with all things horticultural.
The Chappell House Gardens are designed in an Arts and Crafts style to complement Chappell House, where The Riverwood Conservancy’s offices are located. The gardens surrounding Chappell House showcase roses, annuals, perennials, grasses, and decorative containers, and Chappell House’s front courtyard includes a lily pond with goldfish.
The MacEwan Terrace Garden is a spectacular public garden that’s open to visitors year-round. Both local residents and visitors from beyond Mississauga regularly walk through the garden to enjoy its beauty and serenity.
The garden features a number of floral beds which house approximately 7,000 plants, including perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, and specimen trees. A pergola is located at the centre of the garden to provide shade and serve as a meeting point for many of The Riverwood Conservancy’s events.
Volunteers bring the gardens around Riverwood to life – and you can too! Whatever your level of gardening knowledge, The Riverwood Conservancy has hands-on programs that will let you dig in, learn new skills, meet new people, and make our plant life pop. Come design and maintain our gardens, and you’ll be doing good for nature and the community. We also hold gardening courses, workshops, and plant sales throughout the year to help you make the most of your own greenspace.
To get started as a volunteer gardener, complete a Volunteer Application Form.
Our friends at the Mississauga Master Gardeners are always happy to share their expertise and love of gardening with the community. Learn more about them, have your gardening questions answered, and find out how you can take part in their events and activities, at mississaugamastergardeners.ca.