Toronto Botanical Garden

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Address: 777 Lawrence Ave E, North York, ON M3C 1P2 
Phone: +14163971341 

Toronto Botanical Garden is one of the most popular places in Toronto to see beautiful flower species. This Garden, formerly known as “The Civic Garden Center,” is located in Edwards Gardens and is administered by a volunteer organization with over 500 volunteers contributing to the goal of inspiring and educating about gardening. This 4-acre sanctuary features “17 themed gardens,” a gift store, and entertainment, all while being surrounded by clean and lovely natural vistas where visitors can learn all about practical gardening. If you’re tired of the busy city, the Toronto Botanical Garden is a fantastic spot to relax. 

Things to Do

Popular activities you can do at Toronto Botanical Garden are to take a relaxing stroll or ride a bike around the lovely area and learn about horticulture. This provides a unique experience you won’t normally get from Toronto parks. There are several seats and hedge trails for sitting and wandering in the garden. The George and Kathy Dembroski Centre for Horticulture, a glass pavilion, is a popular location for wedding photo sessions and meetings, but make sure to get your wedding permit from Toronto City Hall. The garden also provides both indoor and outdoor learning experiences that are fun for everyone, including children’s programmes that allow them to engage in lectures, workshops, and other learning opportunities.
If you are a flower enthusiast, the botanical garden offers many lovely flower species to explore, including Dahlia Louise, Asian globe flower, potato vine, tulip, peony, and many more that make the entire area smell wonderful and swarming with butterflies. Remember to bring your camera!
Besides appreciating the dozen of flowers available in the garden, there are other fun places to check out including a farmers market, horticultural library, day camps, creeks, waterfalls, a nice bridge in the woods, sculptures, a cafe, and a clean green area for picnics.
The Toronto Botanical Garden also hosts a free annual “Edwards Summer Music Series” where you can see local musicians like OKAN, an Afro Cuban band, perform their original songs in the beautiful garden.


This garden is driving-friendly as it has a large parking lot with plenty of parking spaces for only $2.50/ hr.

Additional information

  • Washrooms are available.
  • The cafe is located in the historic barn, the same as washrooms.
  • Tours are free on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
  • Free admission
Toronto Botanical Garden is yet another attraction for its gorgeous and pristine natural surroundings and its educational value. The park has great paths for the day strolling while admiring the lovely flora, cafe for light refreshments, and clean seating areas perfect for spending outdoor days with family.

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