Get The Jump On Spring

Annual Horticultural Open House presented by a committee of volunteers along with the Toronto Botanical Garden and the Ontario Horticultural Association

Saturday, February 18, 2017
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free Admission & Free Parking

$2 donation appreciated (Those who donate will be entered in free prize draws, 1 every hour!)

  • 30+ exhibits by horticultural societies, garden clubs and environmental organizations
  • house and garden vendors
  • 10 free 45-minute demonstrations and presentations
  • HAPPY 150th CANADA! Floral Design Competition and Show (including youth classes).
    Download the Competition Schedule here.
  • winter garden tours
  • gardening answers and advice from Toronto Master Gardeners
  • special discounts in the TBG Garden Shop
  • gently-used gardening book sale
  • organic farmers’ market
  • Jump Café and Coffee Bar
  • free family drop-in activities, 1 to 3 pm

Local author Scott Kennedy launches his new book Don Mills; From Forests and Farms to Forces of Change at Jump! It includes a chapter on the Milne family and the story of Edwards Gardens and Toronto Botanical Garden itself.


Garden Hall – Lower Level Studios – Upper Level
10:30 to 11:15 a.m.  Your Pane is Their Pain A Design with Metal . . . Something Different
Paloma Plant, Program Coordinator, Fatal Light Awareness Program Canada  Mary-Ann Vercammen,  Floral Designer and Judge
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Invasive Plants – Brand New Things to Know! Helpful Hints for Cultivating Succulents, Including Cactii
Emily Funnell, Species at Risk Biologist, Ministry of Natural Resources Mark Curtis, VP, Toronto Cactus & Succulent Club
12:30 to 1:15 p.m.  Whistling Gardens – New Developments All about Seeds!
Darren Heimbecker, Founder and Creator of Whistling Gardens Joyce Cathcart, Master Gardener Emerita
1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Perennial Dreamtime: The DIY Naturalistic Garden Growing Herbs for Food, Medicine and Good Looks
Tony Spencer, Blogger/Planting Designer, aka ‘The New Perennialist’ Koidu Sulev, Richters Herbs
2:30 to 3:15 p.m.  The Recycled Garden Wet and Wild: Underwater Floral Designs
Frank Kershaw, Teacher, Garden Design & Horticulture, George Brown College/TBG Certificate Program Michael Erdman, Floral Designer and Judge



  • Canada Blooms
  • Canadian Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society
  • City of Toronto
  • East York Garden Club
  • Garden Club of Toronto
  • Greater Toronto Bulb Society
  • Greater Toronto Rose and Garden Society
  • Greater Toronto Water Garden and Horticultural Society
  • Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto
  • Milne House Garden Club
  • North American Native Plant Society
  • North Toronto Horticultural Society
  • North York Garden Club
  • Ontario Horticultural Association
  • Ohara School of Ikebana Toronto Chapter
  • Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society
  • Ontario Daylily Society
  • Ontario Delphinium Club
  • Ontario Iris Society
  • Peterborough Garden Show
  • Seeds of Diversity
  • Toronto Botanical Garden
  • Toronto Rhododendron and Horticultural Society
  • Tororonto Urban Beekeepers Co-Operative
  • Toronto Aftrican Violet Society
  • Toronto Cactus and Succulent Club
  • Toronto Field Naturalists
  • Toronto Gesneriad Society
  • Toronto Master Gardeners

For vendor and booth information, please contact Margaret Chasins, 416-397-1484 or

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