Explore Toronto from the ground up
With thousands of plants, flowers, shrubs and decorative trees, Toronto's gardens and conservatories are great places for exploration and inspiration. They enhance the city's beauty, benefit the environment, improve our quality of life, attract visitors and reflect the rich history of the city.
Over the years, horticulture–the art or practice of growing and cultivating plants–has evolved beyond aesthetics to also focus on environmental sustainability and functionality. Today, the City focuses on approaches to gardening that reflect the changing needs of our environment. Examples include drought-resistant landscaping, organic horticulture, creating food sources for pollinators, and cultivating healthier and more resilient plants through landscape design, site and plant selection and planting methods.
Gardening is good for the mind, body and spirit. For people interested in hands on gardening, the City's community gardens, allotment gardens and children's gardening and eco programs are popular ways to get growing.