Reimagining the Garden: Edwards Gardens and Toronto Botanical Garden Master Plan

The city’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division is currently partnering with the Toronto Botanical Garden on an initiative called Reimagining the Gardens.

In consultation with the public, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and other City of Toronto divisions, PF&R and the TBG is developing a master plan which outlines long-term physical, environmental and program improvements for the gardens, as well as a Management Plan to guide implementation and operations for the future.

The goal is to think holistically about long-term plans for Edwards Gardens, the ravine system and the TBG complex within Edwards Gardens to help elevate them to the level of other globally-renowned gardens and attractions in an ecologically and fiscally responsible manner.

The third and final Public Open House was recently held on June 7 where the draft concept was presented and comments from the public were heard. To review the presentation, please click here.

You are invited to provide input through their survey. To participate in the survey, please click here.

For more information on the Master Plan, visit the website or contact Ruthanne Henry, Senior Project Coordinator and the city’s lead on this project, at rhenry@toronto.ca.

Toronto Botanical Garden Financial Sustainability

When I was at the Toronto Botanical Garden organic farmer’s market recently I had the chance to meet the impressive new executive director, Harry Jongerden.

Harry was the Garden Director at VanDusen Botanical Garden and Blodel Conservatory in Vancouver, where he saved the conservatory from closure and devised a revitalization strategy.

Harry is joining the TBG at an exciting time!

Last year, I worked with TBG staff and the City’s Budget Committee to secure one-time lump sum funding to support the TBG while it worked with city staff on a financially sustainable operating plan.

City staff recently reported on TBG’s significant progress towards sustainability, and will continue to work with the TBG to put the garden on solid financial footing.

You can also help. Please consider making a donation and help the TBG maintain its excellent programming. You can make a donation at http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/join/make-a-gift/.

Post City Column: Sustaining our gem of a garden

By Jaye Robinson
Post City Magazine — Bayview Edition
August 2013

Summer is here and the Toronto Botanical Garden is in full bloom — what better time to come and visit the city’s only botanical garden.

The Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) is truly a gem, and I am honoured to have it in my ward. I have been happy to work with the garden since I was first elected.

Over the years, the TBG has become much more than a garden. It’s a gathering place for the community and a living classroom and a place to learn. It offers so many great programs, from courses and camps for children to farmers’ markets and concerts.

The TBG’s budget has not kept pace with these changes, leading to increased financial pressures. The TBG needs more annual funding to maintain these excellent programs. That’s why I worked with TBG staff and the city’s budget committee to secure a one-time lump sum of new funding last year at city council.

On a longer term basis, the TBG is working with the City of Toronto: Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division on a plan to become more financially sustainable. We expect to see a report this fall.

The TBG has recently hired a new executive director, Harry Jongerden, a previous director at VanDusen Botanical Garden and Blodel Conservatory in Vancouver.

You can also help. The TBG depends on the support of individuals, corporations and foundations. The bulk of its revenues come from donations, membership fees, sponsorships and event rentals.

Consider making a donation and help the TBG maintain its programming.

You can make a donation at torontobotanicalgarden.ca.