Toronto calls itself 'The City Within a Park' and for good reason. With over 1500 named parks, natural environment lands consisting of over 43,000 acres and 10.2 million trees the parks resource is quite remarkable for a large metropolitan area.
The tour will consist of a full day of activities designed to give participants a snapshot of the scope and diversity of Toronto Parks with a special emphasis on the horticultural content of the parks. The day will start at the Humber Arboretum where there has been a special emphasis on creating a sustainable arboretum and interpretative building. The tour will then head to the Toronto Botanical Garden where the exciting new plan for an expanded garden and facilities will be discussed. We then head to the Don Valley Brick Works Park – a former quarry and brick making facility turned in a beautiful natural quarry garden and ecological education centre. From here the tour heads to Riverdale Park West to a heritage farm and garden which was the home of Toronto's orginal zoo. Next stop will be Corktown Common, an award winning brownlands conversion that contains a marsh, lawns, urban prairies and other horticultural features maintained entirely through organic methods. Finally the tour travels along Toronto's downtown waterfront promenade to the Music Garden. The Music Garden is beautiful park which was designed from music inspired by Bach!