Toronto Botanical Garden in partnership with the City of Toronto is moving ahead with the exciting Master Plan to create a world-class botanical garden in Toronto. TBG has done extensive analysis of the North American botanical garden sector and has created a proposed business and operating model based on other successful non-profit botanical gardens. In early 2019, the City and TBG 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, Leadership and Operations/Horticulture committees were also established to move the Master Plan forward with senior representatives from both the City and TBG.
TORONTO BOTANICAL GARDEN + EDWARDS GARDENS MASTER PLAN
The Master Plan & Management Plan provides a roadmap to achieving world-class success. City of Toronto and TBG have embraced a contemporary governance model that sees a City-owned asset managed with the botanical and business expertise of a non-profit cultural organization.
Over 99% of TBG’s current $2.6M operating budget is self-generated through the generous support of many individual donors, corporations and foundations, in addition to earned revenue from education programs, membership, parking, facility rentals, retail operations and special events. The organization will soon be in a position to pursue the new revenue streams identified by the Master Plan and five-year Business Plan.
April 2021, Press Release
Toronto Botanical Garden Launches Expansion Design Project
June, 2017, Toronto Star article by Sammy Hudes, Staff Reporter
New plan to turn Toronto Botanical Garden into international destination
While the City and TBG work towards establishing the framework for a long-term Management Agreement for the gardens, TBG 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 implementation paid parking for non-members. This new income directly supports the organization and is an added benefit of membership.
And most recently, with the support of a successful grant application, TBG hired an ecologist to conduct research for ecological restoration of the Wilket Creek Ravine in preparation for Phase 2 of Expansion Project.