Teaching Garden

This garden, located a 5-minute walk through Edwards Gardens, provides a unique space for children to learn by interacting with the environment. Since 1998, the Toronto Botanical Garden has offered school and recreational programs conducted in this garden, designed to stimulate children’s curiosity about nature and gardening through hands-on activities.

The Teaching Garden is located on the west side of Edwards Gardens, across the creek and up the curved path. When you see the red-roofed garden house, the towering white pine trees, and the giant monarch butterfly, you will know that you’re in the right place! ¬†Follow the dinosaur footprints all through the garden.


The Teaching Garden features a series of demonstration gardens and two large plots reserved especially for children to plant, cultivate & sow vegetables and flowers. Harvested vegetables are donated to the North York Harvest Food Bank.

Alphabet Garden: Children are guided along a winding path, visiting plants with names that begin with letters of the alphabet. Can you think of a plant that begins with the letter X?

Sensory Garden: Use all five senses to explore the magic of this garden. Plants that smell like pineapples and lemons, another that feels like the softest lamb’s wool, and that shrink from your touch, are featured in the Sensory Garden.

Dinosaur Garden: In this garden, which is home to a friendly stegosaurus, children will see and touch plants that dinosaurs once munched on. This garden’s purpose is to help children discover the history of plants.


The Spiral Butterfly Garden: Marked with a giant butterfly sundial, this garden teaches children how the movement of the sun affects plants, and features plants that are especially attractive to butterflies.

The Teaching Garden also features an Herb Garden, Rocky Mountain Garden, and more!

Generously donated by The Garden Club of Toronto

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