Still under development, this garden located at the corner of Lawrence Avenue and Leslie Street, is highly visible from the street and announces the presence and beauty of the gardens that lie beyond. In 2009, the staff of the TBG and numerous volunteers and members of the industry came together to begin working on this exciting garden. The design combines a native woodland and prairie garden, providing a year-round habitat for birds and other wildlife. Many of the plants are native to the Canadian Carolinian Forest. The space is intended to be an evolving garden that will be planted over several years. It will have diverse and multiple missions: to be an outdoor classroom to educate, both passively and actively; to promote sustainability, conservation and biodiversity; and to showcase horticulture.
- This is a garden invites and welcomes the public and members into the gardens of the Toronto Botanical Garden and Edwards Gardens. It is a reflection of the beauty and gardens that lie beyond the parking areas.
- The garden helps beautify the typical urban landscape at the intersection at Lawrence and Leslie.
- Native plants–where possible–have been carefully selected to reflect the Carolinian Forest, providing food and shelter for birds and other wildlife
- A natural wood chip path leads the visitor from the busy intersection through the dappled shade of the open woodland to the masses of perennials, ornamental grasses and other seasonal plants in the Entry Garden.
This garden was generously supported by City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Evergreen, Landscape Ontario, LEAF, LiveGreen, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Toronto Parks & Trees Foundation and by numerous other donors.