Botanical garden to span 35 acres
Located within Edwards Gardens, at the corner of Lawrence Avenue East and Leslie Street in Ward 25, lies a hidden gem in the city’s park system — Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG).
TBG is a dynamic hub that connects people and plants through conservation, research and education.
Currently, the garden has limited space and resources to achieve its full potential. For this reason, staff from TBG and City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation has developed a holistic, long-term plan to transform the space into a internationally acclaimed botanical garden.
The master plan proposes a seamless boundary between Edwards Gardens and TBG, reimagining the gardens as a major cultural attraction for residents of Toronto and tourists alike.
In April 2018, Toronto City Council voted unanimously to support the proposed master plan, dubbed Growing the Gardens, and implement it as soon as possible.
Now with city council approval, the master plan will enable staff to expand TBG from four acres to 35 acres of gardens and will include changes to garden design, restoration and parking as well as new gateways, pathways and programming spaces.
These changes will allow TBG to improve amenities, expand programming and enhance the visitor experience.
I strongly and happily support the city’s partnership with TBG and look forward to watching this exciting new initiative come to fruition in the years to come.
Councillor Jaye Robinson at Toronto Botanical Garden in North York