At a recent City Council meeting, the City of Toronto has approved a Master Plan that would see the Toronto Botanical Garden grow from four to 35 acres.
The Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) has been an iconic city attraction for 58 years and it will now combine its resources and expertise with Edward Gardens, one of the premier garden parks in the city, creating a “seamless and globally acclaimed botanical garden.”
“This has been a dream come true for plant, garden, and nature-lovers in Toronto,” says 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.”
Planning for the new massive botanical garden was spearheaded by a consultant team led by local design firm Forrec, in collaboration with W. Gary Smith, Landscape Architect, and Lord Cultural Resources.
According to a release, TBG will be responsible for detailed design and fundraising for the new botanical garden, while 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,” says 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.”