Children’s Centre and Teaching Garden

The James Boyd Children’s Centre

This kid-friendly indoor classroom is equipped with colourful, pint-size tables and chairs, nature-inspired toys, animal artifacts, exotic plants from around the world and our eco-pets, Noodle the Newt and a school of colourful guppies. This space is flooded with natural light from its floor-to-ceiling window and offers a wonderful view of and access to TBG’s gardens.

TBG Teaching Garden
TBG Teaching Garden, generously donated by the Garden Club of Toronto, is a magical place designed to stimulate children’s curiosity about nature and gardening through hands-on activities. It is located on the west side of Edwards Gardens, across Wilket Creek and up the curved path. When you see the red-roofed garden house, the towering white pine trees and the giant monarch butterfly, you will know that you’re in the right place. Follow the dinosaur footprints all through the garden.

The Teaching Garden features a series of perennial gardens and a quarter-acre plot reserved especially for children to plant and care for vegetables and herbs. The harvest from this garden is donated to the North York Harvest Food Bank.

Highlights include:

  • Alphabet Garden: Children are guided along a winding path, visiting plants with names that begin with letters of the alphabet. Can you think of a plant that begins with the letter X?
  • Sensory Garden: Use all five senses to explore the magic of this garden. Can you find plants that smell like pineapples and lemons, another that feels like soft lamb’s wool, and another that shrinks from your touch?
  • Dinosaur Garden: In this garden, which is home to a friendly stegosaurus, children will see and touch plants that dinosaurs once munched on. This garden helps children discover the history of plants.
  • The Spiral Butterfly Garden: Marked with a giant butterfly sundial, this garden teaches children how the movement of the sun affects plants. It features plants that are especially attractive to butterflies.
  • The garden also features an Herb Garden, Rocky Mountain Garden and more.

Generously donated by the Garden Club of Toronto