Toronto Botanical Gardens

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly  (photo by Bruce Christie 2017)

Toronto Botanical Gardens Is Centrally Located

The Toronto Botanical Gardens are an oasis in the middle of the city. Situated at Leslie and Lawrence, the gardens showcase a wide range of flowers, plants, butterflies and bees. Being part of the Toronto greenbelt, it is just one of a series of parks along the West Don River.

Bee Closeup
Bee Closeup (photo by Bruce Christie 2016)

Special Events

The Toronto Botanical Gardens are a great way to spend a morning or afternoon simply enjoying the scenery. There are often events like farmer’s market and there is currently an art exhibit of African sculptures. The sculptures adorn the main area of the gardens and you can also see the artists carving out the pieces.

Toronto Botanical Gardens
Toronto Botanical Gardens (photo by Bruce Christie 2018)

Charitable Organization

While on the same site as Edwards Gardens, which is owned by the City of Toronto, the Toronto Botanical Gardens is a volunteer driven charitable organization who raises funds with events and other revenue generators. Some of the more common events include weddings and the like.

Toronto Botanical Gardens
Two bees busy at work (photo by Bruce Christie 2018)

Bee Colonies

The gardens have some of the most concentrated bee colonies in the city. It’s an excellent place to practice macro photography due to the abundance of small wildlife. I typically use my macro lens 95% of the time as there is something new to photograph with every step you take.

Honeybee at Toronto Botanical Garden
Honeybee at Toronto Botanical Garden (photo by Bruce Christie 2018)

Gift Shop

The main building contains a library, event venues and a gift shop. The gift shop sells some uniques items and souvenirs but they are a little over-priced – mind you, the monies are going to a good cause.

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly (photo by Bruce Christie 2018)

Make sure you pay a visit to the gardens, it’s a good way to get some peaceful enjoyment!



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