Beautiful Blooms: Amazing Botanical Gardens
Celebrate summer by stepping into the coolest gardens the city has to offer.
Celebrate summer by stepping into the coolest gardens the city has to offer. From spaces just for kids to wild water features and exotic plants, these green spaces are botany at its best!
Next to skyscrapers and busy streets of the city, botanical gardens can be a calm retreat from the hustle and bustle. We’ve scouted out the most beautiful landscapes in and around the city to find the coolest gardens that are home to exotic plants, play areas for kids and cascading fountains.
COVID-19 update: Most gardens have re-opened their outdoor sections. Some indoor gardens remain closed. Special events and programming have been temporarily suspended. Distancing rules must be observed. Check with each individual site for further updates and protocals when visiting. Any other info specific to the garden has been listed below.
The most stunning, family-friendly blooming botanicals...
755 Lawrence Ave E, North York, ON
Edwards Gardens sits adjacent to the Toronto Botanical Garden. On the upper level of the valley, there is a lovely arboretum beside the children’s Teaching Garden. Among the formal gardens and brilliant floral displays, there are also rock gardens, a greenhouse, wooden arch bridges, a waterwheel, fountains, and many walking trails. More
Royal Botanical Gardens
680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON
Local: 905-527-1158 - Toll Free: 1-800-694-4769
Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada and a National Historic Site. It's mandate is to bring together people, plants and nature. Four distinct formal gardens are contained with 1100 hectares of nature reserve, nestled into the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. The ever changing seasons, blooms, and natural phenomenon make each visit a new experience. Explore and enjoy the many historical plant collections, the Mediterranean Greenhouse, and the 27 km of nature trails. More info
Update: Royal Botanical Gardens has opened all outdoor garden areas to the public. These areas include Hendrie Park, David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, Laking Garden and the Arboretum. RBG Centre and the Rock Garden Visitor Centre will be open only to provide access to garden areas. Building amenities and areas such as the Mediterranean Garden remain closed to the public.
Toronto Botanical Garden
777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, ON M3C 1P2
Termed "The little garden with big ideas", the TBG is nearly four acres and features 17 "city-sized" themed gardens. There's a teaching garden that provides a unique space for children to learn by interacting with the environment. Since 1998, the Toronto Botanical Garden has offered school and recreational programs conducted in this garden, all designed to stimulate children’s curiosity about nature and gardening through hands-on activities. Admission: The gardens are open daily, from dawn until dusk. Access is free. Note that all the gardens are outdoors. More
Update: Recreational programs are suspended.
205 Humber College Blvd., Toronto, ON M9W 5L7
First opened in 1977, the Humber Arboretum is a joint venture of the City of Toronto, Humber College, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. The Arboretum presents a balance of ornamental gardens and diverse natural areas. It showcases an extensive collection of woody and herbaceous plants, and protecting and restoring habitat for native plants and animals. The Arboretum makes a unique contribution to life in the Greater Toronto Area by providing educational opportunities in horticulture and environmental stewardship for anyone who visits. The Humber Arboretum is nature in the city at its best! Programming, birthday party packages and camps are available for kids. Admission to the centre is free. More
Update: As with other public parks in Toronto, the grounds of the Humber Arboretum are open for visitors to walk/run and to make use of picnic tables and other seating. Fitness equipment along the West Humber Trail remains off-limits until further notice. While the Humber Arboretum's trails and natural areas remain open, they will not be maintained until further notice. Please use your discretion, as you are entering at your own risk. All in-person events and activities at the Humber Arboretum are suspended for the summer.
160 Gerrard St E, Toronto
Allan Gardens is a park and an indoor botanical garden with six greenhouses comprising over 16,000 square feet. It has a conservatory (greenhouse), a children's playground and two fenced off-leash areas for dogs. It is operated by Toronto Parks who also run Centennial Park Conservatory. The indoor conservatory features colourful plants and flowers from around the world. The colourful seasonal plants supplement the permanent plant collection of botanical importance since 1858. The gardens are open every day of the year and admission is free. A new playground features open play opportunities for all ages and includes a water tap and sand play area. More
Update: Both indoor and outdoor gardens are now open (you must wear a mask when visiting the indoor conservatory). The playground remains closed.