These gardens are a beautiful tribute to Alexander Muir, the man who wrote the patriotic song "The Maple Leaf Forever" in 1867. This formal garden, full of flowers and herbs and multi-tiered beds, leads you down to Blythewood Ravine Park and an extensive trail system that continues through Sherwood and Sunnydene Parks. This Garden is also part of the Northern Ravines & Gardens Discovery Walk.Walking trails are open all year.
The beautifully landscaped gardens at Cedar Ridge host a number of traditional elements such as arbours and outstanding views through the woods and scenic trails of these former estate grounds. Cedar Ridge Gardens surround an historic mansion built in 1912. The mansion, once an exclusive summer residence, is now home to the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre. The outdoor gardens can be permitted for wedding ceremonies and photography. Photo gallery
The steep slopes surrounding the Don Valley Brick Works are remnants of the quarry that provided the clay for Toronto's signature red bricks. Experience the meadows, native plantings and wetlands of this naturalized garden. This site is so unique that the Don Valley Brickworks is designated as a Provincial Heritage Site and an Area of Natural Scientific Interest.
Edwards Gardens sits adjacent to Toronto's Bridle Path neighbourhood. Rupert E. Edwards created his country home here in 1944. In 1955, the Municipality of Metro Toronto purchased the property and turned it into the park and gardens it is today. Edwards Gardens has many spectacular features along its trails, including a rose garden, rockery, greenhouse, wooden arch bridges, waterwheel, shelters, fountains, gazebo and a children's garden. It is also home to the Toronto Botanical Gardens
Join Franklin and his friends at the Children's Garden on the Toronto Islands. Child-size sculptures of Franklin, Bear, Beaver, Rabbit and Goose surround this fully accessible organic garden. Children can learn about fruits and vegetables, help water the plants, and play in the water feature. The Garden is inspired by Franklin & Friends, the celebrated series of children's books written by Paulette Bourgeois and illustrated by Brenda Clark.
The Guild is a publicly owned, densely forested site on the Scarborough Bluffs, providing magnificent views of Lake Ontario and a key public access point to the lakeshore and waterfront trail. This site has a remarkable history as a Canadian arts and crafts colony. The property contains formal gardens, sculptures and many interesting and beautiful architectural fragments.
High Park has a number of outstanding gardens to visit. In the spring, a stroll through the blossoming Sakura cherry trees is a tradition called Sakura Hanami by the Japanese. The cherry trees lead you to Hillside Gardens, the iconic maple leaf garden, formal gardens with water features and a butterfly garden. The High Park Children's Garden, historical gardens at Colborne Lodge, and allotment gardens can also be found in High Park.
This well-known and extensive collection of gardens lies in the centre of High Park and is made up of a number of distinct areas. Each garden area has its own style and features which have been modified over time to blend in with the parks natural surroundings and create a dynamic blend of cultivated and more natural plantings.
Situated in the West Humber River Valley, the Humber Arboretum offers a balance of managed and natural areas, featuring a wide variety of plants and wildlife. Several kilometres of self-guided trails connect the various areas of the Arboretum, providing a wonderful way to experience nature. It is managed by the Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and the City of Toronto.
James Gardens, a former estate on the west bank of the Humber River, is known for its flower gardens, terraced stone pathways, sparkling spring-fed pools, streams, and mature trees. The park features the historic James Gazebo and the original home Red Gables. Here, you can also find lawn bowling, cross-country skiing, a memorial cairn in the rose garden, and a scenic lookout over the Humber Valley. Photo gallery
Looks are deceiving in the gardens at Nathan Phillips Square. The Square and upper gardens by the "clamshell" of City Hall are all components of a green roof system. The main square is the roof of the parking garage. Green roofs are an important addition to urban landscapes. By adding plant material and growing medium, these gardens help control storm water runoff and cool down our City.
From 1888 to 1974 Riverdale Farm was the location of the Riverdale Zoo. In 1974 Riverdale Zoo was moved to a larger location northeast of the City and renamed the Toronto Zoo. Since then it has grown to include gardens around the Simpson House, a children's garden and a butterfly garden near the Duck Pond. There are many naturalized, wildflower filled fields to enjoy throughout the park as well.
There are nearly 3,000 rose bushes in the Rose Garden at Exhibition Place. Types of roses include Hybrid Teas, Floribunda, Grandiflora, Explorer roses and Flower Carpet roses. The 2.3 acre area continues to be maintained by the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division and is one of the most outstanding gardens in the City. It is a favorite spot for wedding photos or just to take a stroll on a summer’s day.
Beautifully maintained gardens sit atop the Scarborough Bluffs. This Garden features decorative raised beds, a striking fountain, and an outstanding view of Lake Ontario. Once owned by the West family and divided among the West children, this park is made up of the portion given to Rosetta McLain. In 1959 the property was offered to the City by Rosetta's Husband, Robert, to create a park in her name.
Located next to St. James Cathedral in downtown Toronto, these formal gardens are a beautiful place to stroll and relax. A grand gazebo can be found in the centre of the park, and walking trails traverse the grass and tree dotted area. The garden's design has a Victorian feel with a central fountain that takes you back to a time when Toronto was young.
Canada's Aboriginal communities and most early European settlers grew grains and produce for their own consumption. Gardening for decorative purposes also became popular throughout the nineteenth century. A variety of historic garden sites can be found throughout the city, often located on former estates and near museums.
Fronting on Toronto’s inner harbour, the Toronto Music Garden is one of the City’s most enchanted locations. You will find everything from a small birch forest, reminiscent of the Boreal Shield, to drifts of daylilies providing colour and beauty. The park design is inspired by Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. Each dance movement within the suite corresponds to a different section of the garden.
The Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) is a gardening education and information centre located in Toronto’s Edwards Gardens, a City of Toronto public park that features a variety of beautiful former estate gardens.
University Avenue stretches north from Front Street to the stately Ontario Legislative Building. Its median consists of a series of eleven 'islands' that collectively feature one of Toronto's best known gardens. Planted with shrubs, perennials and annuals, they add warmth, colour and character to Toronto's grandest boulevard in all seasons.
In order to recreate the feel of the original Victorian Village of Yorkville, the City took over an old parking lot and created a series of gardens to complement the surrounding architecture. Included in these gardens are native serviceberry, trilliums, ferns, and Virginia Bluebells. Further along the park you'll find a small marsh with boardwalks criss-crossing through various sedges, Cardinal Flowers, Joe-Pye-Weed, and White Turtlehead Flowers.