Toronto Botanical Gardens

In the Spotlight: Toronto Botanical Gardens

Located in the heart of Toronto, the Toronto Botanical Gardens is a stunning oasis of natural beauty and horticultural excellence. With its extensive collection of plants, gardens, and educational programs, it offers a wonderful escape for nature lovers, families, and anyone seeking tranquility amidst the bustling city.

Whether you're a nature lover, a gardening enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, the botanical garden in Toronto provides a delightful experience. Spend a day immersing yourself in the beauty of nature, exploring nearby attractions, and discovering the wonders that await you in this urban oasis.

Things to do at the Toronto Botanical Gardens

Explore the Toronto Botanical Gardens

The Toronto Botanical Gardens covers approximately four acres and features over 17 themed gardens. Take your time to wander through each one, marveling at the diverse plant species and their meticulous arrangements. Some notable gardens include the Water-Wise Garden, the Woodland Walk, the Kitchen Garden, and the Indigenous Garden. Don't miss the beautiful Floral Hall, an indoor garden showcasing seasonal displays.

Participate in Educational Programs

The botanical garden in Toronto offers a range of educational programs for visitors of all ages. Join a guided tour to learn more about the different gardens and their plants, or take part in a workshop or lecture to enhance your gardening skills and knowledge. Check the garden's website for the schedule of events and programs.

Visit the Toronto Botanical Gardens Shop

Drop by the Garden Shop, located within the gardens, to explore a wide variety of horticultural books, garden tools, gifts, and plants. It's the perfect place to find unique souvenirs or gather inspiration for your own garden.

Enjoy a Picnic

The Toronto Botanical Gardens provides ample space for picnicking and relaxation. Bring your own picnic basket or grab a delicious bite from the on-site cafe, which offers a selection of snacks, sandwiches, and beverages. There are also designated picnic areas where you can unwind and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Attend Special Events

Throughout the year, the gardens host various special events and exhibitions. From flower shows and plant sales to art displays and garden festivals, there's always something exciting happening. Check the garden's calendar to see if any events coincide with your visit.

Places to explore near Toronto Botanical Gardens

Located nearby the tranquil botanical gardens in Toronto are some of Toronto's top parks and attractions. From things to do with kids to niche galleries and museums, plan a day around exploring the garden's neighbouring sights. 

Edwards Gardens Toronto

Adjacent to the Toronto Botanical Gardens, Edwards Gardens Toronto offers additional stunning landscapes and walking trails. The gardens feature perennial borders, rock gardens, and a magnificent rose garden. Take a leisurely stroll and admire the vibrant blooms and tranquil ponds.

Sunnybrook Park

Located nearby, Sunnybrook Park is a vast urban park that offers recreational activities for the whole family. Explore the extensive walking and biking trails, have a picnic by the Don River, or visit the off-leash dog park. The park also features sports fields, a horse stable, and a large playground.

Ontario Science Centre

Just a short distance away, the Ontario Science Centre is a must-visit destination for science enthusiasts. Discover interactive exhibits, hands-on displays, and immersive experiences that explore various scientific phenomena. It's a fantastic place for both children and adults to learn and have fun.

While the Ontario Science Centre's current location is now closed to the public, they will continue to deliver innovative science experiences virtually, through pop-up experiences and in a temporary location, as they plan for a new permanent home at Ontario Place. More details will be shared as they are released on the Ontario Science Centre website.

Aga Khan Museum

A little further from the gardens, the Aga Khan Museum showcases Islamic art, culture, and heritage. Explore its vast collection of artifacts, manuscripts, and contemporary art exhibitions. The museum also hosts concerts, film screenings, and lectures related to Islamic culture.

Fun facts about Toronto Botanical Gardens

  • The Toronto Botanical Gardens hours are from dawn until dusk, every day
  • The Toronto Botanical Gardens ticket price is free
  • The Gardens maintain Canada’s largest private horticultural library
  • TBG Toronto is working to expand their landmark to over 35 acres

How to get to Toronto Botanical Gardens

Located in the western end of Toronto near Swansea, High Park is easily accessible from anywhere in the city. Here’s how to get to High Park.

By car: If you are coming across the top of Toronto, take Highway 401 to the Leslie Street exit. Drive south on Leslie until you get to the stoplights at Lawrence Avenue. You may turn right at the intersection and take the first or second driveway on your left to enter Edwards Gardens.

By TTC: Exit Yonge Subway line at Eglinton station and take the 51 or 54 to Lawrence Avenue or exit at the Lawrence station and take the 162. The bus arrives at the corner of Leslie Street and Lawrence Avenue where the gardens are located, on the southwest corner.

By bike: Use Toronto BikeShare through Sunnybrook Park and Wilket Creek parts of the City of Toronto Parks system up to Edwards Gardens. The TBG is in Edwards Gardens, at the corner of Lawrence Avenue and Leslie Street.

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