After a two-year hiatus, Toronto Botanical Garden will host its annual garden tour, Through the Garden Gate presented by Cullen’s Foods, the only brand of 100% Canadian-grown, certified organic beans. Made without additives – just great beans and water.
On Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the tour will highlight beautiful private gardens in the mid-Toronto neighbourhood of Wychwood, known for its Arts & Crafts architecture, artistic and entrepreneurial residents, and some pretty amazing gardeners!
Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, 2022
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Garden-goers will have the opportunity to visit more than 15 residential gardens, of varying sizes and themes including pollinator gardens, native and naturalistic plantings, formal and cottage styles, as well as a park-like, three-acre garden inspired by the book The Wild Garden by William Robinson.
The self-guided format enables participants to discover the gardens at their own pace following a map and guide that contains descriptions of each featured garden. There is something new to discover and inspire behind every gate. A complimentary shuttle bus service is available for participants to “hop on and hop off” along the route, which is also very walkable.
New features this year will include live music in one of the gardens and a scavenger hunt to enhance the fun and enjoyment of connecting with nature. Garden seekers will also have a chance to ask questions and learn something too! Knowledgeable Toronto Master Gardeners will be stationed in each garden and will be happy to answer plant and garden design questions.
This is an outdoor event that can be enjoyed solo or with family and friends, strolling along the tree-lined streets, while skipping in and out of gardens. Come early to visit The Stop’s Farmer’s Market at Wychwood Barns Park on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or linger after the tour to shop or dine at one of the local restaurants in the Hillcrest Village.
Your ticket (wristband) gives you access to:
- Beautiful private gardens in the Wychwood neighbourhood
- “Hop on, hop off” complimentary shuttle buses which circle the garden route
- Garden guide and map with descriptions of each garden as well as a comprehensive digital guide to making the most of your tour experience which includes the history of the area, full descriptions of the featured gardens, insider and neighbourhood tips, and more.
Tickets are limited and advance purchase is recommended.
Tickets will be available for purchase at tour headquarters on the weekend of the event.
The tour takes place rain or shine. Please dress for the weather.
- One-Day Public Pass (Saturday or Sunday) – $45 each
- One-Day Members Pass (Saturday or Sunday) – $40 each
- Two-Day Public/Members Pass (Saturday and Sunday) – $65 each
- Two-Day Student Pass (Saturday and Sunday) – $25 each
- Toronto Botanical Garden Membership – $45 per year or $65 for two years
WRISTBANDS AND MAP PICK UP
Tour access wristbands and the tour maps will be ready for pick up in our Garden Shop this Tuesday through Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Click here for directions.
You can also pick them up on the weekend of the tour at Tour Headquarters on June 11 & 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (note the gardens are not open until 11 a.m.).
When you pick up your wristbands please present your Eventbrite ticket(s) on your phone or print tickets. This will help speed up the process.
991 St. Clair Avenue West CLICK HERE for a map to headquarters. (open during the tour only, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
HISTORY OF WYCHWOOD
Long before the area called Wychwood was imagined, a First Nations portage trail passed by the area of Davenport Avenue near Spadina, enabling indigenous people to travel between the Humber and Don rivers to arrive at hunting and fishing grounds. That history is now honoured by a group who formed ‘Davenportage’ – hardy souls who portage the trail for a day annually.
The Wychwood area is relatively new. It began with the estate known as Wychwood Park, which was developed beginning in 1907 by landscape artist Marmaduke Matthews and businessman Alexander Jardine, who envisioned it as an artist’s retreat. Most of the original houses were designed in the English Arts & Craft style by well-known architect Eden Smith, the designer of many Toronto churches as well as of Upper Canada College.
Shortly after, in 1913, the Wychwood car barns were built as a streetcar maintenance facility; they are now the oldest surviving TTC buildings still kept in their original form. The barns now function as a popular community centre that hosts a number of arts-related enterprises and a thriving Saturday morning market.
In 1985, as a response to residents’ concerns about the demolition of some of the original homes, the Wychwood Park area was designated as an Ontario Heritage Conservation District.
Wychwood is bordered by Davenport Road to the south, Spadina to the East, St Clair to the north, and Dovercourt Road to the west. The area is still home to many artists, as well as politicians, prominent business people, and some pretty amazing gardeners.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 GENEROUS SPONSOR
The only brand of 100% Canadian-grown, certified organic beans.
Made without additives – just great beans and water.
Photo Gallery from Previous Garden Tours
PREVIOUS MEDIA COVERAGE
- Garden Gawking in the Beaches, National Post by KC Hoard
- See how Beaches gardens grow in this year’s annual tour, Toronto Star by Mark Cullen and Ben Cullen
- Sanctuaries from climate change thrive in GTA backyards, Toronto Star by Carola Vyhnak
- Beach gardens to be featured in upcoming Through The Garden Gate tour, Beach Metro by Mary Fran McQuade
- Beauty and The Beach, Botanical Buzz by Lorraine Hunter
- Through the Garden Gate: a great summer tour, Toronto Star by Sonia Day
- Toronto’s ‘Through the Garden Gate’ Celebrates 30 Years! by Janet Davis
- Through the Garden Gate — 30 Gardens for 30 Years by Lorraine Hunter
- Through the Garden Gate: North Rosedale and Moore Park by Three Dogs in a Garden
- Through the Garden Gate: The Kingsway by Helen Battersby
- Break out those walking shoes, garden tour season has started by Sonia Day
- TBG’s Through the Garden Gate Tour in the Kingsway by Cristina da Silva
- Sneak Peak of the TBG’s Through the Garden Gate: The Kingsway by Barbara’s Garden Chronicles
TORONTO NEIGHBOURHOODS THE TOUR HAS VISITED
2022 – Wychwood
2021 – Postponed due to COVID-19
2020 – Postponed due to COVID-19
2019 – The Beach
2018 – Windfields Estate
2017 – Rosedale North
2016 – The Kingsway
2015 – Lawrence Park
2014 – Hogg’s Hollow
2013 – Forest Hill
2012 – Rosedale
2011 – Swansea Village
2010 – The Beach
2009 – Beyond the Bridle Path
2008 – Riverdale
2007 – Wychwood Park and Davenport Ridge
2006 – Toronto Islands
2005 – Rosedale East
2004 – Rosedale
2003 – The Kingsway and Sunnylea
2002 – Lawrence Park
2001 – Bennington Heights & Moore Park
2000 – Rosedale
1999 – Grenadier Pond
1998 – Hogg’s Hollow
1997 – Spadina, Casa Loma & Davenport Hill
1996 – Riverview Drive, Teddington Park & Mason Blvd.
1995 – Shades of the Humber (Baby Point)
1994 – A Sunset tour of Arjay Crescent
1993 – Rosedale & Forest Hill
1992 – Lawrence Park
1991 – Hogg’s Hollow
1990 – Forest Hill & Belmont Street
1989 – Downtown Toronto Private Gardens
1988 – Downtown Toronto Private Gardens