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Sharing the wonder of Nature, through Education, Engagement, and Creativity

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LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT 2023

We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territories of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, the Wendat peoples and now home to many diverse First Nations and M├ętis peoples.

We pledge to continue their stewardship of the land by:

1. Actions including stimulating a knowledge and love of gardening amongst amateurs

2. Actions including aiding in the protection of native plants, trees, birds and soil

3. Actions including taking an interest in civic planting

4. Actions including sharing the wonder of nature through education, engagement, and creativity

5. Actions including inspiring our community through a focus on floral artistry, horticulture, and environmental projects with a commitment to education and charitable initiatives

For over 75 years, the Garden Club of Toronto has played a key role in designing and planting gardens that beautify the city and environs as well as providing outreach and educational programming. True to its vision of sharing the wonder of nature through education, engagement and creativity, the GCT has contributed close to $9 million in current dollars to civic planting and its other charitable activities.

In 1958, the Club founded and provided ongoing funding for the Civic Garden Centre, known today as the Toronto Botanical Garden. Together with Landscape Ontario, the Club also co-founded Canada Blooms, the highly successful Toronto spring flower festival that showcases excellence in horticulture and design.

More about Our History

OUR AIMS

  • To stimulate a knowledge and love of gardening amongst amateurs

  • To aid in the protection of native plants, birds, trees and soil
  • To encourage civic planting

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    One of the Garden Club of Toronto's most important aims is to promote a love for the environment. Our emphasis is on horticultural knowledge, landscape design and plant conservation. 

    POSTSECONDARY

    Through our scholarship programmes, we assist like-minded postsecondary students enrolled in related landscape programs throughout Ontario. Using criteria set by the Garden Club of Toronto, faculty members from Fanshawe College, Humber College, University of Guelph, and University of Toronto select the award recipient(s) for their institution. In addition to the financial award, recipients receive a one-year membership to the Toronto Botanical Garden and are invited to attend a Garden Club of Toronto (GCT) meeting and luncheon in January where they are introduced to GCT members and asked to speak about their studies and career aspirations.

    PRIMARY SCHOOL 

     

      The Green Explorers Camp
      Toronto Botanical Garden $500
    Since 1988, the Toronto Botanical Garden has offered school and recreational programmes conducted in the Teaching Garden at Edwards Gardens, designed to stimulate children's curiosity about nature and gardening through hands-on activities. The Green Explorers Camp offers scholarships to students from Flemingdon Park, a designated high-priority neighbourhood and one of Canada’s highest density neighbourhoods the chance to learn environmental leadership skills while exploring Toronto’s greenspaces and gardens on foot, bicycle and public transit. The scholarship spots are generously funded by donors like the Garden Club of Toronto who are committed to providing Toronto’s urban youth with hands-on nature experiences. 

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    The Garden Club of Toronto

    777 Lawrence Avenue East

    Toronto, ON M3C 1P2

    416-447-5218

    office@thegardencluboftoronto.ca

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