Toronto Botanical Garden For all things gardening Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:22:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Earth Day (Family) Sun, 05 Apr 2015 21:11:39 +0000 Kick off the growing season with TBG’s Family Earth Day celebration! Guided hikes, scavenger hunts, nature theatre and woodland crafts with DiscoverAbility and planting in the Teaching Garden. Grab a Discovery Map and follow the balloons up to the Teaching Garden. Stroller accessible.

Saturday, April 18, noon to 4 p.m.
FREE! No registration required.

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Plants for Pollinators Thu, 02 Apr 2015 20:58:30 +0000 Director of Horticulture, Paul Zammit’s top choices and all-around favourite plants which are much-loved by pollinators:
  • Monarda (Beebalm or Bergamot), in particular Monarda didyma (beebalm), M. fistulosa (Wild Bergamot) and  punctata (spotted bergamot)
  • Cornus alternifolia (Alternateleaf dogwood), flowers much loved by bees, beetles, flies and butterflies. The Fruit is a favorite food for birds
  • Asclepias tuberosa, (Butterfly weed) and Asclepias incarnate (swamp milkweed)
  • Liatris spicata (Blazing Star)
  • Alliums (Ornamental onions), all sorts, both early, mid and late flowering selections
  • Solidago, Goldenrod, Solidago juncea (early goldenrod), S. nemoralis (Grey Goldenrod), S. speciosa (Showy goldenrod)

This selection of plants will provide a nice mix of early, mid- and late-flowering plants that will continue to invite and feed pollinators in your garden.

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Free Summer Garden Tours Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:56:19 +0000 Volunteer Tour Guides conduct 90-minute informative and engaging tours designed for people to gain a greater understanding of plants, the natural landscape, landscape design and the history of designated public gardens.

Toronto Botanical Garden and Edwards Gardens 
Commencing Tuesday May 26, 2015 (May through September)
Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m.


Toronto Music Garden (May through September)
Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

Tours will run as scheduled unless there is inclement or severe weather. No Reservations required.

Please note: This is for individuals or small groups of up to 6 people only. Groups of 6 or more must pre-book as a private tour. Groups attending with more than 6 persons for the free tours may be turned away.

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TBG Annual General Meeting Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:22:23 +0000 TBG members are invited to the Annual General Meeting to hear about the TBG achievements in 2014 through presentations by the executive director and staff, meet members of the board as well as new inductees, and review the audited financial statements.

Date: MAY 14, 2015
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Floral Hall


  1. Call to Order
  2. Minutes of the 2014 AGM
  3. President’s Report
  4. Presentation of 2014 Financial Statements
  5. Appointment of Auditors for 2015
  6. Executive Director’s Report: Harry Jongerden and Staff
  7. Thank You to Departing Board Members
  8. Presentation of Slate and Election of Directors
  9. Termination of Meeting



7:30 p.m. – TBG Lecture: Paul Hervey-Brookes – British garden and landscape designer who will be speaking on how and why we forge deeply personal links to gardens and landscapes.

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Member’s Only Plant Sale Preview Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:19:23 +0000 THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015 from NOON to 8 p.m.

Beat the crowds and choose from a variety of select hardy perennials, annuals, succulents, natives, herbs and vegetables, shrubs, small trees and other coveted plants carefully chosen by the horticulture team.

Unsure about what to plant where?

Toronto Master Gardeners will be on hand throughout the sale to offer friendly free gardening advice.


Bring your green thumb and valid TBG membership card (or re-new on site). Enjoy a 10 per cent discount on plant purchases throughout the sale. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Donate Your Gently Used Garden Goodies Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:04:11 +0000 Donate your gently used garden tools and pots in support of our garden equipment fundraising efforts. Drop of donations at reception between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Tues. to Thurs. and Sat.) between April 7 and May 2, 2015

We Accept:
Outdoor containers (concrete, metal, ceramic and terra cotta), gently used garden tools, vintage garden tools, garden ornaments, clean bird houses, bird feeders, bird baths,
fountains and small garden furniture.

No Thanks.
Anything cracked, broken or not working, plastic grower pots and hanging baskets, vases, anything electrical, fertilizers or chemicals.

Please contact Trudy (Volunteer Sale Coordinator) at 416-694-4460

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Grow Your Own Clean Air Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:06:31 +0000 There are many things you can do to improve air quality in your indoor space. Consider adding double-duty plants that not only look great, but clean the air as well.

Potted tropical foliage plants to consider:

  • Snake Plant, Sansevieria trifasciata removes benzene, formaldehyde and reduces carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Spider Plant, Chlorophytum comosum, removes benzene, formaldehyde
  • English Ivy, Hedera helix, removes formaldehyde
  • Peace lily, Spathiphyllum, removes Acetone and benzene
  •  Lady Palm, Rhapis excels, removes ammonia, also Bamboo palm or reed palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)
  •  Boston Fern, Nephrolepis exaltata, removes formaldehyde from air
  •  Draceana, Dracaena marginata, removes formaldehyde and select other gasses Cornstalk dracaena (Dracaena fragans ‘Massangeana’), Janet Craig dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Janet Craig’), Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’)
  • Golden Pothos, Epipremnum aureum, removes formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and benzene.
  • Aloe, Aloe vera, not only great soothe skin after a burn and removes formaldehyde and benzene

A few flowering potted plants to also consider:

  • Wax Begonia, Begonia semperflorens removes benzene
  • Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum morifolium , removes benzene
  • Gerber daisy, Gerbera jamesonii , removes trichloroethylene and  benzene
  • Azalea, Rhododendron simsii, removes formaldehyde
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City Critters Family Programs Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:01:55 +0000 Join TBGKids for these hands-on, interactive educational programs about Toronto’s misunderstood urban wildlife. Programs are open to all ages but are geared towards kids aged 5 to 12. Register your family for all five City Critters sessions and save! Family is defined as four people with a maximum of two adults.

City Critters: Animal Tracking
Use your detective skills to uncover the signs of life hidden in the winter world all around us. Join TBGKids and a special guest tracking expert to follow animal footprints, identify tracks and learn how animals move through an area without being discovered. [TG15WAT]
Sunday, February 22, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

City Critters: Backyard Birds
Can you swim like a mallard, soar like a hawk and flap your wings like a blue jay? Waddle on down to the TBG and discover the many backyard birds that come to our bird feeders and nest in our gardens in early spring. Learn some birding basics, play games and go on a nature birdwatching hike. [TG15SBB]
Saturday, April 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Family: Public $30; Members $25; Individual: Public $10; Members $7

City Critters: Hop on Frogs
Peep…peep, quack …quack, jug-o-rum. Spring sounds are in the air! Did you know that the smallest frog is as loud as a jet plane? Learn about the wonderful world of frogs through games, costumes and a frog symphony after dusk. Meet some real live frogs with a special guest visit from Creature Quest. [TG15SHF]
Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Family: Public $30; Members $25; Individual: Public $10; Members $7

City Critters: The Take on Snakes
Have you ever seen a snake wink? No? Well, that’s probably because they don’t have eyelids. Get up close and personal with some of Ontario’s 17 snake species. Find out why these misunderstood reptiles are under threat, go on a hike to look for snake shelters and meet some real live snakes. [TG15STS]
Saturday, June 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Family: Public $30; Members $25; Individual: Public $10; Members $7

City Critters: Monarchs on the Move
Every September Toronto’s monarch butterflies migrate all the way to Mexico. You won’t want to miss this enchanting evening, where we’ll learn about these incredible pollinators. Families will plant some milkweed to bring home and release a real monarch butterfly to start its long journey south. [TG15FMM]
Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Family: Public $30; Members $25; Individual: Public $10; Members $7

Take-All-Five Family [TG15FS]: Public $125; Members $90

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GROW OP 2015: THE CULTURE OF LANDSCAPE Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:55:30 +0000 TBG heads downtown to join forces with Grow Op, the contemporary landscape design festival and show at the historic Gladstone Hotel. As a sponsor of GROW OP TALKS, TBG is able to provide a limited block of tickets free to TBG members.


Getting Grounded: How Landscape & Design Shape Urban Culture takes place on Thursday, April 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Members will receive a promo code via email to reserve their tickets.

Gladstone Hotel’s 3rd annual Grow Op exhibition greets spring with open arms from April 23rd to 26th, 2015. Curated by Victoria Taylor and Graham Teeple with Britt Welter-Nolan, this four-day exhibition celebrates innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape, gardens, art, and place-making under this year’s theme, the culture of landscape. Read more…

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TBG’s Plant Sale in May Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:50:06 +0000 Choose from top-quality perennials, annuals, natives, herbs and vegetables, succulents, shrubs, vines, and small trees. Friendly gardening advice.

used tool sale

We’ll have used garden tools available for sale. Find out more information on how to donate your used tools by clicking here.


Thursday, May 7, 2015


Friday, May 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Members enjoy a 10 per cent discount. Please present your card.

All proceeds support the Toronto Botanical Garden.

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