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

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

Post City Column: Public garden coming to Ward 25

By Jaye Robinson
Post City Magazine
April 2013

I am excited to announce that my Ward 25 Community Environment Day will take place on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at York Mills Collegiate’s east parking lot (490 York Mills Rd.).

It’s a perfect opportunity to clear out all of those old items in your basements and garages during spring cleaning. Organizations will be on hand to collect old books, clothing and other reusable items, ensuring they have a second life. City of Toronto staff will be collecting household hazardous waste, from solvents to paint to batteries as well as old computer and audiovisual equipment. For the gardening season, you will also be able to pick up free leaf compost.

For those without access to a garden, I am pleased to announce that Ward 25 will soon have a community garden, the result of collaboration with Overland Learning Centre, the Toronto District School Board and a number of engaged residents. Still in its early stages, we are working to have this great addition to our community off the ground as soon as possible.

Outside of Community Environ-ment Day, there are many ways that you can help keep our ward green. The city is helping neighbourhoods organize their own clean up days this spring! Gather your friends, families and neighbours to clean a spot in your neighbourhood that is important to you. Check my website for more information about how we can clean up Toronto together. The sign up deadline is April 15. Last year’s Community Environment Day was a great success, and I look forward to a good turn out on April 27.

For additional details, please visit my website at