Merivale Gardeners

The Merivale Gardeners meet Wednesdays 9:30-12:00 from spring to autumn. Merivale has become an oasis in the city thanks to their dedicated work and green thumbs.

The front Millennium Garden greets visitors and busy Merivale Road with a welcoming bank of blooms. The Meditation Garden behind the church hall offers a stone patio, lush trees, and a quiet retreat from the city. It has been the site of many beautiful wedding pictures.

The gardens are open for visits from the public and also available for use by private groups when you rent the church or hall. Please see RENTALS for details.

If you would like to join the gardening team at Merivale, or offer occasional help, please get in touch!


In the year 2000, Merivale had much to celebrate: the 2000th year of the Christian calendar, the 75th anniversary of the United Church of Canada and the 125th anniversary of the first service of worship in the Merivale United Church (at that time, the Merivale Presbyterian Church). That was the year we planted our garden.

Our ever-changing surroundings are a source of inspiration and enjoyment to the congregation. During the months of July and August, we like to linger after the worship service for lemonade on the lawn.

In the Spring, the busy Merivale Road is framed by a blaze of scarlet tulips, contributed by the Robertson family to mark the 50th anniversary of the Ottawa Tulip Festival.

The Meditation Garden has become a wonderful place for church members and those in the community to sit, reflect and relax amid the beauty of nature.