Date/Time Event
Saturday, June 8, 2019 - Sunday, June 9, 2019
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mark's Choice Through the Garden Gate Mark's Choice Through the Garden Gate

Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, 2019 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mark’s Choice Through the Garden Gate, is Toronto’s largest tour of private gardens. The self-guided tour enables participants to discover the 21 beautiful private gardens at your own pace following a map and that contains descriptions of each featured garden. Complimentary shuttle buses are available for participants to “hop on and hop off” along the route.

One-Day Pass: Public $45 | Two-Day Pass: Public $65 / Students $25 (With ID, One-Day Pass Only)
Discounted tickets for Toronto Botanical Garden Members
Tax included. Tickets are limited, advance purchase recommended.




Not only will participants enjoy walking the streets of this iconic neighbourhood, while skipping in and out of gardens, you’ll have a chance to ask questions and learn something too! Knowledgeable Toronto Master Gardeners will be stationed in each garden to answer questions about the plants and the design features. Each garden highlights interesting plants and garden design lessons.  A food truck will also be onsite for guests to refuel and back again this year: Augie’s Ice Pops will be stationed in two gardens serving handcrafted all natural fruit juice ice pops in killer botanical flavours.



Call 416-397-1341 or email



The area known as “The Beach” or “The Beaches” began as a farming community in the late 1700s when the Ashbridge family moved there from Philadelphia. In 1793, Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe ordered that the area be divided into lots. Roads were developed for stagecoaches, and rail service came to the area. By the 1870s, the area had become a summer resort for Torontonians. Residential and commercial development followed, in spite of the plan by the local government to create a recreational area without commercial establishments. One of the big attractions of the area is a continuous beach system along the waterfront. It contains four beaches of similar lengths: Balmy Beach, Scarboro Beach, Kew Beach and Woodbine Beach. Kew Gardens, a 6.5-hectare park, stretches between Queen Street East and Lake Ontario. With its size and number of facilities, it has become one of Toronto’s major tourism destinations. The section of the area along Queen Street East is home to a large number of restaurants and unique boutiques. Over the years, the Beach has become home to many people involved in the arts, including writers, musicians, actors and film directors. Perhaps because of this creative influence, it is also home to a number of wonderful, unique residential gardens, many of which will be seen on our tour.


Sunday, June 9, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Floral Acrylic Painting Workshop - June Session Floral Acrylic Painting Workshop - June Session

NEW! Learn to paint flowers from photos in this two-day workshop by experienced art instructor, Ashley. He will share basic acrylic painting techniques including composition, colour mixing, shape simplification and brush strokes, and help students create art work to be proud of. Class materials are not included in the price.

List of materials and supplies to purchase can be found here.

Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9, 1 to 4 p.m.

[PG19S19] Ashley Nitkin
Public $48; Members $38


Sunday, June 9, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Ontario Iris Society Annual Flower Show and Sale

Join the Ontario Iris Society’s upcoming Flower Sale on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Toronto Botanical Garden in Studio 1 (located on the 2nd floor). Come out and enjoy the colourful display! Photographers welcome! Some potted irises will be available for purchase.

All proceeds support future ONIS events. For other ONIS events, please visit their website: Ontario Iris Society

Sunday, June 9, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wilket Creek Ravine Sketching Tour 2 Wilket Creek Ravine Sketching Tour 2

LUNA Toronto artists will guide participants through the Wilket Creek ravine and help them sketch the natural wonders found there.

Please meet inside TBG’s lobby by the Garden Shop, and bring the following items: sun protection, snacks and a drink, and a small folding stool (optional). Paper and pencils will be provided.