It is time to stop and smell the flowers. Did you know there is a path you can follow to the best gardens in Ottawa?

The Garden Promenade is a walking route that will take you to over 75 gardens in the National Capital. There is a handy map, and walking routes you can follow will lead you to the most spectacular blooms in your neighbourhood.

Here are some of the top spots you won't want to miss:

Sunken Garden

Price: Free

Address: 380 Sussex Dr., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Outside of the National Gallery of Canada, you can find a sunken garden with flowering crab-apple trees.

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Maplelawn Garden

Price: Free

Address: 529 Richmond Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: This secret walled garden is next to the Keg Manor and has flowers in every colour.

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Ornamental Gardens

Price: Free

Address: 75 National Capital Commission Scenic Driveway, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you love roses and peonies, you'll want to see this garden as they have a vast collection of both types of plants.

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Rideau Hall Gardens

Price: Free

Address: 1 Sussex Dr., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: While at Rideau Hall, you can visit the spectacular rose, meditation, herb and shade gardens.

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Garden Of The Provinces And Territories

Price: Free

Address: Wellington St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Right in the heart of the city, this garden has four unique themes with different plants in each section.

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Dow’s Lake Pavilion Boardwalk Garden

Price: Free

Address: 1001 Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Next to Dow's Lake, you can find cheerful flowers growing along the boardwalk.

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Dominion Arboretum

Price: Free

Address: Arboretum, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Within this giant garden, head to the northeast section to find the dreamy rhododendrons and wisteria.

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