Holiday Decor

Holiday Open House: Add a little green to your holiday shopping experience

The Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) welcomes everyone to its annual Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 5, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Get a head start on holiday shopping by visiting TBG’s garden shop, overflowing with holiday and hostess gifts carefully selected for their quality and environmental benefit. Meet artisan Carol Gardner, of Flirty Bird Jewelry Design, who will be displaying her handcrafted necklaces; visit the organic farmers’ market for locally sourced produce, cheese and meats; or pick up a scrumptious plum pudding from Puddings Matter. Shoppers will enjoy a relaxed, joyful and festive shopping experience with complimentary cider and shortbread cookies.

Get inspired! Designers from Sheridan Nurseries will demonstrate innovative ways to decorate your home for the holidays–both indoors and out. Fresh wreaths and outdoor container arrangements will also be available for sale so you can get started right away.

In the spirit of holiday giving, one of the favourite activities of the annual TBG Open House is the Holiday Wreath Silent Auction, featuring wreath designs by Mark Cullen and Ward 25 Councillor Jaye Robinson, along with donations from local horticultural organizations. All proceeds from this event benefit the botanical garden’s many programs and activities.

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013<
Place: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East
For more info: 416-397-1341,

Schedule of Events:

12 noon to 9:30 p.m.
Used Book Sale (in the Weston Family Library)

2 p.m.
Organic Farmers’ Market (Thursdays, 2 to 6 p.m.)

5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Holiday Open House
Shop for fresh outdoor greens, winter container arrangements, handcrafted jewelry, plum pudding, gardening books and holiday gifts. Free Admission

Holiday Wreath Silent Auction
Decorated and donated by Mark Cullen and Councillor Jaye Robinson, along with local horticultural organizations.

7:30 to 9 p.m.
Demonstration – 100 Years of Inspirational Garden Design
Join Sheridan Nurseries designers for a talk and demo on how to implement innovative and unique holiday decor strategies, for both indoors and out. Delight in our holiday display and learn why fresh trees are the better environmental choice.
Public $25 / Students (with ID $15) / Members free.

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Toronto Botanical Garden offers a complete range of year-round, innovative, indoor and outdoor learning experiences for all ages, including programs, courses, classes, lectures, concerts, symposia, garden tours, nature day camps and so much more. Our LEED Silver-Certified Building, with its energy-efficient sloping green roof, houses Canada’s largest private horticultural library, unique rental facilities and a garden shop. Sweets and savouries are available at our Café Kiosk, open daily.

For media information:

Jenny Rhodenizer, Marketing and Communications Director

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