Here are some frequently asked questions about Whistling Gardens.
Do you give guided tours?
Yes we do offer guided tours. See our Admission Page for more details. You can also explore the gardens on your own.
Are we allowed to take pictures and/or publish them?
Are my dogs allowed to walk with me in the gardens?
No dogs are allowed in the gardens unless it is a certified guide dog.
What methods of payment do you accept?
We prefer VISA, MasterCard, debit and cash.
Do you have washroom facilities?
Yes. Two outdoor portapotties are located near the Redbud booth. One portapotty is also located near the garden centre.
Is there a place for the bus to park?
Yes. Our new parking lot offers ample room for parking of several buses and approximately 125 cars.
Do you serve food and drinks at your place?
Yes. This year we hope to be able to serve light refreshments including bottled water, pop and bottled juice. Some light pre-packaged snacks are also slated to be offered. Seating areas are also located nearby.
Is your place wheelchair accessible?
The garden centre and gardens are accessible by wheelchair. Most of the gardens and pathways are graveled. Eventually all major walkways will be some type of hardtop. ie. Flagstone.
Do you sell perennials?
Yes. Our selection is limited as we specialize in rare and unusual conifers and ornamental trees but we do carry ornamental grasses, and other selected perennials.
Are your plants labeled in the gardens?
We are working on it. We have nearly 3000 plants labeled with aluminum stakes. At this time the plants are labeled in Latin only. It is an ongoing process.
When are the fountain shows?
The choreographed fountain shows in the amphitheatre will run several times a day. To view the Summer Fountain Show Schedule visit http://www.whistlinggardens.ca/amphitheatre.php
Do you sell plants at the garden centre that are in the gardens?
Yes. Due to the rareness, and availability of some species or cultivars, they will not always be offered every year. It is impossible to carry every single variety on display. It is best to check with the garden centre staff if it is available or can be ordered in.
What if it is raining when our bus tour comes to Whistling Gardens?
Your organizer must make a decision to stay or rebook a visit back to the gardens. Should the group decide to leave the gardens within 1 hour of park entrance due to poor weather conditions, a rain check will be offered to all visitors for a future date of your choice. This only applies to tours pre-booked 10 days or more prior to your arrival and applies to groups of 10 or more only. Plan for the weather and bring appropriate attire and footwear; this includes umbrellas.
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