Canada’s largest city has a vast array of public gardens and floral attractions that are perfect for visitors looking to take in the natural beauty of the area. Native flowers to the Toronto area include Canadian anemone, purple coneflower, large-leaved aster, and woodland sunflower. Starry False is a wild lily-of-the-valley that flourishes in Toronto’s woodlands, and wild geranium grows in green spaces, attracting hummingbirds to the area..
Don’t miss the Canadian debut of Fleurs de Villes VOYAGE presented by Porsche - a fresh floral trail throughout the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood from May 10-14, 2023. This fresh floral celebration will feature 35 installations at stops including the Anndore House Hotel, 2 Bloor East, The Colonnade, Eataly Toronto, the Hazelton Hotel, Holt Renfrew Centre, Holt Renfrew, Manulife Centre, Park Hyatt Toronto, Village Orthodontics, W Toronto, Yorkville Lane, Yorkville Village, Slate Asset Management / Canderel at 151 Bloor West and more. The event will highlight iconic global destinations such as the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Dutch tulip fields, through spectacular installations and mannequins that will take visitors on an experience of discovery and cultural storytelling.
Journey across Europe as you follow the trail through the Manulife Centre, relax in an English Garden at Yorkville Lane, and immerse yourself in the deep jungle at Yorkville Village. Other key stops on the floral trail include an ode to Springtime at Holt Renfrew with 4 floral installations throughout the store and the Grow Wild Wine market stall, inspired by the wildflowers that grow in Canadian vineyards.
PUBLIC GARDENS IN TORONTO
Toronto Botanical Garden is a must-see for any visitor to the city. With its 17 themed gardens spread over four acres, it's a place of serene beauty and tranquility. Visitors can enjoy the themed gardens, including a water garden, a herb garden, and a children's garden, or participate in one of the many workshops and events, like Plantapalooza, offered throughout the year. The garden is open daily and is free to enter.
Edwards Gardens is a beautiful garden adjacent to the Toronto Botanical Garden that was once an Estate Garden. It features a variety of themed gardens, including a rose garden, a knot garden, a kitchen garden, or potager, and an arboretum. Visitors can also enjoy the rockery, ponds and bridges amongst many walking paths that wind through the garden. Urban gardening workshops and the Children’s Teaching Garden offer educational opportunities. The garden is free to enter and open daily.
Bequeathed to the Toronto Horticultural Society of Toronto by politician George Allan in 1958, the Allan Gardens Conservatory is a hidden gem in the heart of the city. The conservatory features six greenhouses, each with a different theme, including a tropical house, a cactus house, and a palm house. The conservatory is free to enter and open daily.
High Park is a massive park located in the west end of Toronto that is closed to car traffic on weekends and holidays, making it an urban oasis. The majority of the park is left in its natural state, complemented by the famous Maple Leaf Garden created for Queen Elizabeth’s 1958 visit, a hanging garden in the summer months, and a sunken garden with pools and fountains. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery while walking or taking a miniature train through the park's many trails. Numerous events and festivals take place throughout the year in the amphitheatre.
Riverdale Farm is a working 19th century farm located in the heart of Toronto with 7.5 acres of pathways and wooded areas. The farm features several beautiful gardens, including a herb garden, a wildflower/butterfly garden, and a vegetable garden. Visitors can take a tour of the farm and learn about the heritage and rare breed animals and plants that call it home.
TORONTO GARDEN CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
Avid gardeners and naturalists will want to connect with these excellent gardening organizations that frequently partner with Fleurs de Villes as judges and gardening experts. All three organizations are resident at and partners of the Toronto Botanical Garden, supporting educational programs and plantings both there and around the city.
Milne House Garden Club
Greater Toronto Bulb Society
Garden Club of Toronto