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Through the Garden Gate: Lawrence Park

Spring is in the air, which means it’s time for Toronto Botanical Garden’s 28th annual Through the Garden Gate, one of Canada’s largest private garden tours. On Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 19 residential gardens in Lawrence Park will open their gates to happy garden-goers in one of Toronto’s first planned garden communities

This self-guided tour allows participants to discover the gardens at their own pace following a map and garden guide containing descriptions of the featured gardens. A complimentary shuttle bus service is available for participants to “hop on and hop off” along the route. Knowledgeable Toronto Master Gardeners will be at each garden to answer any questions about the plant materials and design features. Get your smartphones ready by downloading a QR code scanning application. You’ll need it to access extra information while on the tour, including full plant lists and pollinator-friendly plants.

Driving through the streets of Lawrence Park is an exercise in wishful thinking. There is a graciousness about the area that harkens back to an earlier era, when, if something was worth doing, it was worth doing well. That is particularly evident in the gardens found on this year’s tour. The gardens vary in style and content, from a peaceful, park-like serenity to an urban-chic haven with international inspiration. There is also a mixture of professional landscape design to skillful planning and maintenance by the owner.

Lunch options (for purchase) will be available along the route via the Vert Catering “Pickle Bicycles” as well as at tour headquarters (Blythwood Junior Public School) with light fare provided by En Ville Event Catering and fresh tortillas by ChocoSol.

Below is preview pictures from some of the private gardens along the tour. Photo credit: Andre Tardif of SVP Media.

Date: Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One-Day Pass: Public $45 / TBG Members $40
Two-Day Pass: Public $60 / TBG Members $55
Students $25* (One-Day Pass Only)

Buy your 2015 tickets today

HST is included in the ticket price.

*students must show valid I.D., available for one-day pass only


Toronto Master Gardener, Sarah prepares to guide the Petals and Pedals Bike Tour during Through The Garden Gate.

top image credit: Paul Zammit

NEW ADDITION THIS YEAR: Petals and Pedals Bike Tour

Presented by Toronto Botanical Garden and Toronto Bicycle Tours
Hop on your bike (or use one of ours), and join us for an exclusive urban garden adventure. Pedal your way to the 19 unique and beautiful private gardens in a small group accompanied by your own Master Gardener on Wheels and Architectural expert. From styles varying from urban chic to rustic oasis, you will have an opportunity to stroll through each garden while your guides recount the history of the area, highlight interesting plants and point out the unique design features. Midway through the tour, you’ll enjoy a posh picnic lunch ‘en plein air’ in a private tented area. At the end of the day, you’ll take home a gift bag full of gardening treats.

Duration:  5 hrs, includes picnic lunch.  Level:   Very Easy

$115/person + 13% taxes
Optional bike rental: $50 + 13% taxes

Register for the Bike Tour 



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MarkCullen-HeadShot2010 MARK CULLEN, 2015 HONORARY CHAIR
“I believe that you will find inspiration to fuel your most ambitious gardening dreams.” declares garden guru Mark Cullen, 2015 Through the Garden Gate honorary chair. “Sharpen your senses, take your time and indulge in what I believe is the best public tour of private gardens anywhere.”
Unquestionably the crème de la crème of garden tours—classy, elegant, well organized and full of useful information about plants worth growing.”


For more information: 416-397-1483 /

All proceeds from this event support Toronto Botanical Garden.

Previous neighbourhoods featured on Through the Garden Gate

2014 — Hogg’s Hollow
2013 — Forest Hill and the Gardens of South Hill
2012 — Rosedale
2011 — Swansea Village
2010 — The Beach
2009 — Beyond the Bridle Path
2008 —Riverdale
2007 — Wychwood Park and Davenport Ridge
2006 — Toronto Islands
2005 — Rosedale East
2004 — Rosedale
2002 – Lawrence Park

VIDEO: Through the Garden Gate 2011 with Paul Zammit


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