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Enjoy ‘TERRIFIC THURSDAYS’ at the TBG All Summer Long!


TORONTO – Thursdays are bursting at the seams with activity here at the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG), and you won’t want to miss a thing. All summer long, ‘Terrific Thursdays’ at the TBG include an Organic Farmers’ Market, The Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song, light suppers available for purchase in our café, free guided tours, various adult educational classes, and more.

Now in its second year and bigger and better than ever, our  Organic Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. right through until October 4, 2012. What’s so great about our market is that every week you can look forward to fresh surprises, depending on what’s in season. And fresh—and wholesome—are the operative words for these organic fruits, veggies, herbs, cheeses, eggs, meats and so much more direct from the farmers to year. This year, an added bonus is cooking demonstrations using seasonal produce from the market by four top chefs!

Here is the lineup:

July 12 – Domenic Colacci, Executive Chef, Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club

July 26 – Kyle Deming, Chef and Owner, Sausage Partners

August 9 – James Saunders, Executive Chef, St. George’s Golf and Country Club

August 23 – Evelyn Gharibian, Hearty Catering

And for eight weeks in July and August, our Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song is back for its second season, once again generously sponsored by the Edwards Charitable Foundation. Each Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the TBG will showcase a different musical artist—offering a summer filled with a wide range of genres and styles. From the soft-rock sounds of Emma-Lee to the eclectic banjoing of Jayme Stone, everyone is bound to find an evening of music to enjoy for the low admission price of only a toonie—TBG members (with card) and children under 12 are admitted free.

Once again, the musicians will be introduced by guest emcees Errol Nazareth, well-known commentator on CBC radio one and Toronto Sun columnist, or musician/writer/producer Murray Foster, who helped found Moxy Fruvous and is a member of Great Big Sea and a number of other alt bands, such as the Lesters and Jayne Wayne.

Here’s this year’s lineup:

July 5 – Trichy Sankaran | website| sample clips
July 12 – Emma-Lee | website
July 19 – Belle Starr | website| sample clips
July 26 – Jayme Stone | website| sample clips
August 2 – Darbazi | website| sample clips
August 9 – Laura Hubert | website
August 16 – George Gao | website | sample clips
August 23 – Sarv Ensemble |  sample clips

Make it a true evening out by picking up a delicious, modestly-priced light supper at our Garden Café, housed in the historic barn building near the vegetable garden. Our Garden Café is run by well-known A La Carte Kitchens, Inc., so you know the food is tasty and good.

You can also take part in a free guided tour of the gardens every Tuesday morning and Thursday evening here at the TBG. These informative and engaging tours will give you a bit of history and practical information about our 17 beautiful, contemporary, all-organic gardens on four acres. We also offer a range of classes for adults such as botanical art, painting classes, photography, yoga, tai chi, and gardening instruction throughout the week.

Toronto Botanical Garden encourages, stimulates and teaches countless adults and children with its innovative, urban-scale garden plantings, nature-centred educational programs and environmentally-friendly practices. We look beyond our borders to create strategic alliances that support our mission, extend our reach and strengthen our influence within the community.



For more information please contact:
Carrie Shibinsky

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