You don’t have to be a gardener extraordinaire to get a kick out of seeing colourful spring blooms, especially after a long, cold and decidedly monochromatic winter months.  Want to get a mental lift to spring?  Here are a few spots in Mississauga that will wow you even at this rather slow start to the spring season.

Kariya Park, Kariya Drive, City Centre

This Japanese-style park in the middle of downtown Mississauga opened in 1992 in dedication to Mississauga’s sister city Kariya in Japan. A perfect little sanctuary, it turns into a fantastical cherry blossoms world in late April and May.

Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens, 660 Lakeshore Road West, Lorne Park

Hundreds of rhododendrons are planted in this gardens and generally bloom from mid-May to mid-June. You can walk among the park’s pines and oaks and admire the awesome bright colours of these flowering shrubs.

Riverwood Park, 1695 Dundas Street West, Erindale

A visit to this multi-faceted all-season park will rev you up with the freshness and new beginnings of wildflowers, bulbs and grasses in spring.   Plus you can enjoy this park’s woodland trails, abundant wildlife and glorious views.

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Garden, 300 City Centre Drive

This little gem in the middle of the city has lots of birds, flowers, trees and benches where you can park yourself and contemplate nature springing to life. The external garden area is located at the West side of City Hall, next to Celebration Square and Central Library.

Richard’s Memorial Park, 804 Lakeshore Road West, Lorne Park area

This beachy lakefront park is a magnet for summer pleasure seekers, but it also has a charming rock garden surrounded by winding stone steps that starts to come into its own in spring.

Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, 660 Bexhill Road, Lorne Park

A protected natural conservation area, the 94-acre Rattray Marsh, is home to a wide variety of wildlife and plants. Take a walk among its many walking trails to glimpse little flowerets in the ground poking their faces out into the sun.

And here’s a flowery date to keep in mind towards the end of the spring season:  May 29—the opening of the Canadian GRO1000 gardens in Mississauga.

The City of Mississauga was awarded a total of $18,000 by Scotts Canada Limited through the Scotts® Miracle-Gro’s GRO1000™ 2018 Garden and Green Space Grant Program to build three pollinator-friendly gardens:  Streetsville Pollinator Showcase Garden, the Dr. Martin L. Dobkin Park Pollinator Garden and the Port Credit Library Pollinator Garden.

These pollinator-friendly gardens will contain perennial flowers and plants to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators.  Will be a sight to see when spring turns into summer in Mississauga!