Canada's Condominium Magazine
Edward’s Garden will join with Toronto’s Botanical Garden to expand the garden to a world-class 35 acres. Toronto City Council has approved a plan at its April 25, 2018 meeting to expand Toronto’s botanical garden from four to 35 acres. Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG), a 58 year-old non-profit cultural attraction, will combine resources and expertise with Edwards Gardens, one of the City’s premier garden parks, to create a seamless and globally acclaimed botanical garden.
“This has been a dream come true for plant, garden and nature-lovers in Toronto,” said TBG Executive Director, Harry Jongerden. “Our botanical garden is committed to becoming renowned for its display of nature’s beauty and as a dynamic hub for plant-centred learning, conservation and research. The expansion makes this all possible.”
Master planning for the new botanical garden was undertaken by a consultant team led by local design firm Forrec, in collaboration with W. Gary Smith, Landscape Architect, and Lord Cultural Resources, in a process that included many stakeholders and extensive public consultation.
Toronto Botanical Garden will take the lead in detailed design and in fundraising for the new botanical garden. The City of Toronto will retain ownership of the 35-acre site, and both parties are committed to maintaining free access to the revitalized landscape.
“The City’s partnership with TBG is decades-strong,” adds Ward 25 Councillor Jaye Robinson, “But Council’s approval of the Master Plan marks a major next step in a new journey. With a gorgeous topography and a connection to Toronto’s ravine system, Toronto Botanical Garden is poised to achieve the stature befitting a major city’s premier garden.”