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Mark’s Choice Through the Garden Gate

Date(s) - Saturday, June 8, 2019 - Sunday, June 9, 2019
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Toronto Botanical Garden

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 / TBG Members $40 Two-Day Pass: Public $65 / TBG Members $60 Students $25 (With ID, One-Day Pass Only) 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. The Food Dudes will also be onsite offering a variety of delectable vegan, gluten & dairy-free options for guests 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.


East End Garden Centre | 1395 Queen Street East |416-469-4925 TBG Garden Shop | 777 Lawrence Avenue East | 416-397-1357 The Big Carrot Beach Community Market | BEACH LOCATION: 125 Southwood Drive | 416-466-2129 Toronto Beaches Home Hardware | 2305 Queen Street East | 647-352-4807 Our Cottage (cash only) | 2199 Queen Street East | 647-748-3348 Plant World | 4000 Eglinton Avenue West | 416-241-9174 Pollocks Home Hardware | 347 Roncesvalles Avenue | 416-535-1169 Sheridan Nurseries | 2827 Yonge Street, Toronto | 416-481-6429 Sheridan Nurseries | 606 Southdown Road, Mississauga | 905-822-0251 Sheridan Nurseries | 2069 Burnhamthorpe Road East, Mississauga | 905-624-3722 Yellow House Gallery & Framing | 921 Kingston Road | 416-792-8460


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.


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


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