Toronto Botanical Garden (the Garden) in partnership with the City of Toronto is moving ahead with the exciting Master Plan for Edwards Gardens and Toronto Botanical Garden. The shared goal is to create a world-class botanical garden in Toronto.
Since 2018 the City and the Garden have been working through the planning process. In early 2019, the City and Garden sent out RFPs and RFQs for phase 1 of the expansion plan which included the selection of design consultants and the development of a new service yard. In addition, an Expansion Working Group and Committee were also established with senior representatives from both the City and the Garden.
In late 2021 Toronto Botanical Garden engaged PMA Landscape Architects to move the City’s Master Plan through the next phases of the design development. From late 2021 through 2022 PMA Landscape Architects led the project through the Schematic Design Phase. The concepts developed during the Schematic Design Phase can be viewed in the slide deck and video linked below. Over the summer of 2022, the design work will shift into the Design Development phase, where we take the concepts and start designing the specific spaces.
The exact timing of construction and implementation of the plan will be determined once the City of Toronto approves the plan and the funds for construction are raised.
Review the Garden Design Schematics
Click here to review the slide deck including the comprehensive consultant team, project planning history, consultation process, design principles, and garden design schematics.
Watch the Video
Click the button below to view the recording of the presentation of the Garden Design Schematic for the Garden Expansion on April 19, 2022, at 7 p.m. delivered by PMA and Phyto.
Share Your Thoughts
After you’ve watched the video, we look forward to receiving your feedback, insights, and questions. Your input in the design process is so valuable as we wrap up the concept development in the schematic design phase and prepare to move into the detailed design development phase this summer. Click on the link below to fill out our online feedback survey.
April 2021, Press Release
Toronto Botanical Garden Launches Expansion Design Project
2018 – Toronto Botanical Garden + Edwards Gardens Master Plan
June, 2017, Toronto Star article by Sammy Hudes, Staff Reporter
New plan to turn Toronto Botanical Garden into an international destination
While the City and the Garden work toward establishing the framework for a long-term Management Agreement, the Garden continues to expand its event programming into Edwards Gardens. The popular ZimSculpt African Sculpture Exhibition and the annual Edwards Summer Music Series took place in the Edwards Courtyard and amongst the City’s floral displays.
In July 2019, with the City’s full support, TBG implemented paid parking for non-members. This new income directly supports the organization and is an added benefit of membership.
And, with the support of a successful grant application, TBG hired an ecologist to conduct research for the ecological restoration of the Wilket Creek Ravine in preparation for Phase 2 of the Expansion Project.