Winter Wonderland at the Toronto Botanical Garden

Winter archways in the Toronto Botanical Garden

As we head into the colder months, many plants rest, preparing to bloom once again in the springtime. The grounds at the Toronto Botanical Garden do become quieter in the wintertime, but the landscapes are just as beautiful.

Look forward to winter landscapes during the colder months, and take a peek at what Toronto Botanical Garden staff can’t wait to see.

Winter Wildlife Preserve

Roger Gettig, Director of Horticulture, reminds us that, “your garden is a winter wildlife preserve. Manage your fall garden cleanup to enhance wildlife habitat. According to the Xerces Society, “The availability of nesting and overwintering habitat is one of the most important factors influencing populations of native bees and other beneficial insects.” Leave perennials standing to provide seeds for birds, stalks for native bee shelter/hibernation. Cut them back in spring when temperatures are consistently above 10 degrees.”

For more detailed information: Nesting & Overwintering Habitat for Pollinators & other beneficial insects

P.S. Donate to the annual Hearts & Flowers Campaign to activate the Garden in the wintertime and support FREE programs like Living Winter, a full-day experiential learning experience for students in high-needs communities from across Toronto.

This programs aims to:

  • To connect hands on outdoor learning to the Grade 4 curriculum (Habitats and Communities)
  • Introduce outdoor learning about nature to students who may not typically have that opportunity.
  • Empower students to continue connecting with and protecting nature.

Donate today!

Winter Archways

Liberté Reilly, Membership and Database Coordinator, says, “winter is a chance to see the architecture of the Garden, the forms of the hedges and the shape of trees. I love the clarity of the winter sunlight.”

Winter archways in the Toronto Botanical Garden

Peaceful Landscapes

Sue Hills, Volunteer Coordinator, loves the winter at TBG because it offers a “landscape of peace and beauty, particularly after a fresh fall of snow!”

Snow covered garden paths

Snowy Branches

“I love to see the snow covered branches as you walk through the garden,” says Patricia Chevers, Rental Services Manager.

Pops of Colour

“I love to see winter colours peeking through freshly fallen snow,” says Aleeshia Carman, Grant Writer and Development Coordinator. “There’s also something new to discover.”

Green pine leaves and brown pine cones

Donate to the 2023 Hearts & Flowers Annual Campaign to support beauty and FREE public programming all year round!