TLTV Ep 98 – Edwards Gardens & TBG
Edwards Gardens is a botanical garden located on the southwest corner of Leslie Street and Lawrence Avenue East in Toronto. It is a former estate garden featuring annuals, roses, wildflowers, rock gardens, secluded pathways, a waterwheel, gazebos, a gift shop and picturesque bridges over Wilket Creek, one of the tributaries of the Don River. The park’s manicured lawns and well kept flower beds make it a popular destination for wedding parties to take photographs.
The estate’s title was once held by Alexander Milne, a Scottish weaver who settled here after the War of 1812, and left in 1832. The land and the woolen/saw mills were obtained by Rupert E. Edwards in 1944, who created his country home. Edwards home was left in neglect and was purchased by the Municipality of Metro Toronto in 1955 and became Edwards Gardens in 1956.
Also on the site is the Toronto Botanical Garden, a private not-for profit organization previously called the Civic Garden Centre. In 2006, the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) opened a series of 12 contemporary themed gardens spanning nearly four acres. These unique green spaces are designed for Torontonians and visitors to enjoy and engage in the splendour of nature, while learning practical applications for their own gardens. The gardens reflect the scale of a typical urban setting, making it easy for visitors to translate the ideas presented into their own gardens. The gardens are open year-round from dawn until dusk and admission is free of charge.