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The top 10 garden centres in Toronto

Posted by Guest Contributor / April 22, 2012

Garden Centres TorontoGarden centres in Toronto are a gardener's best friend. Every great urban gardener will tell you that sourcing your plants and gardening supplies from a quality garden centre is key to your planting success. So what makes a good garden centre? A few key ingredients are imperative; a large selection of plants and/or other gardening essentials, helpful and knowledgeable staff, and a well-organized store, so even novice gardeners can find what they're looking for.

Here are my picks for the top garden centres in Toronto (in no particular order).

East End Garden Centre
1395 Queen Street East, 416.469.4925
This full service garden centre literally bursts onto the sidewalk with an array of seasonal plants and accessories. In addition to annuals, perennials, plants, trees, shrubs and every type of gardening gear you could possibly think of, East End Garden Centre also carries hardware, electrical and plumbing supplies and offers landscaping services. Ask to visit the back lot for a seemingly endless supply of soil, mulch, wood chips and gravel.

East of Eliza
1960 Gerrard Street East, 416.691.8038
A traditional florist shop with a hidden secret garden centre, East of Eliza is perfect for finding that pretty little something for a special event or a permanent fixture in your garden oasis. Owner Reed Russell is known for her earthy and whimsical approach to planter boxes and floral arrangements. She also offers landscaping services.

Fiesta Farms
200 Christie Street, 416.537.1244
Fiesta Farms offers grocery shopping and gardening all in one place. What could be better? Although most known as a great independent grocery store, Fiesta Farms also boasts an awesome garden centre, which is open seasonally. A large selection of organic herbs can be purchased in the garden center to compliment whatever yummy delicacies suit your fancy.

Plant World
4000 Eglinton Avenue West, 416.241.9174
If you live in the west end and are in need of a gardening fix, Plant World is the place to be. With 5 acres of retail space, and year round greenhouses, this store truly has everything your green thumb is itching for. Plant World's location has remained a hub for the gardening crowd since its inception way back in 1889.

Islington Nurseries
1000 Islington Aveneue, 416.503.3339
Islington Nurseries offers a well-rounded selection of seasonal plants and gardening accessories. The store includes 2500 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. They are well-known for carrying a range of mature trees at reasonable prices. Head to their stone yard at 270 Evans Avenue for a large selection of landscaping materials and supplies.

Lee Valley Tools
590 King Street West, 416.366.5959 and two other locations
What good gardener is complete without a high-quality set of tools? Lee Valley Tools has three locations around the city that provide every possible gardening tool imaginable. From axes, hoes and rakes to trowels, mowers and shears; you name it, they have it. In-store seminars are hugely popular and sell-out quickly.

Veranda Home and Garden
2493 Yonge Street, 416.481.9998
Every great garden paradise needs appropriate furnishings to feel complete. Veranda Home and Garden, in the Young/Eglinton area, is a sweet little shop that boasts a wide variety of garden furniture and accessories. Veranda has turned the interior designer outdoors and gone wild. There's a variety of items to spice up an outdoor space, like fountains, outdoor rugs, and hand carved plaques.

Woodhill Garden Centre
320 Steeles Avenue East, 905.889.2917
In operation since 1976, Woodhill Garden Centre provides a variety of garden needs and services. The prices at Woodhill are generally a little cheaper than the average garden store and there is a wide selection of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and vines available. Woodhill also carries specialty products, tools and accessories.

Urban Harvest
1340 Bloor St. West, 416.504.1653
For sustainable urban gardening that gives a nod to our "roots", Urban Harvest can't be beat. This seasonal store operates online when it's not gardening season. They carry a variety of heirloom, organic and non-genetically modified seeds and plants that you won't find in most other garden centers.


Grow It All Inc.
165 Geary Ave, 416.588.9595
As their name suggests, this store will help you "grow it all" using hydroponic methods. They carry a wide range of starter kits and can help you grow tomatoes, peppers, herbs, flowers and mushrooms in a variety of unique and visually interesting arrangements. Visit their showroom to browse the large selection of seeds, plants, lights, grow systems and fans.

Writing by Julie Palmer



Ron / April 22, 2012 at 09:17 am
I love gardening! Great places all around.
chives / April 22, 2012 at 11:27 am
No love for Sheridan Nurseries? :(
W. K. Lis / April 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm
If you can't find something, head out to Humber Nurseries at 8386 Hwy. 50 in Brampton.
Kate / April 22, 2012 at 01:01 pm
Evergreen Garden Market should be on the list- everything there has a native plants/ sustainable/ local/ recycled thing going on. And it's a social enterprise so everything you spend goes to support the community programming.

And it's real pretty!
Matt / April 22, 2012 at 09:42 pm
I second going to Humber Nurseries if you have the means.
Damien / April 22, 2012 at 10:03 pm
Don't go to Humber. I worked for the, they are horrible humans!

Or go, you shop at Walmart anyways.
me / April 23, 2012 at 12:04 am
1604 Queen Street West threw me off as it's home to Coriander Girl (great florist), but upon checking the website it appears that they are sharing the space.
Steve / April 23, 2012 at 10:48 am
Great write up, can't want to get planing this year.
Julie / May 1, 2012 at 11:31 am
Just a note that the number you've listed for Bill's Garden Centre is incorrect. It's actually 416-466-8283. Thanks very much for this list!
janet / May 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm
Do any of these centres do delivery? I am currently carless and not sure how a taxi will take to carrying bags of manure potting soil and plants around. Or any other centres that deliver?


Aldo Tumino / May 26, 2012 at 04:01 am
How about me? or Summerhill ?

Tumino's Garden Centre
271 Scarlett Road
Toronto, ON M6N 4L1
TEL.(416) 762-9644
FAX.(416) 762-1988
Sandora / July 10, 2012 at 12:23 am
I live nearby and don't find most folks that work there are friendly or helpful. I'm a walk in customer ie, I don't have a 4 WHEEL VEHICLE. I get the feeling that they will cater to those with cars.
I know they're up in arms about the current construction affecting they're business, so I made it a point of shopping there for that reason. I do like to support local independant retailers... I hate Walmart etc...
I just want to grow some food and beutify my neighbourhood with flowers! I'm want to support this local busineess, BUT!
sandora / July 10, 2012 at 12:36 am
Ooops, sorry about the above comment.
This in regards to East End Garden centre.
BTW, if they could provide thoughtful bunches of fresh cut flowers, then I wouldn't need to resort to Loblaws!!
John / August 24, 2012 at 08:31 pm
In Mississauga, I head to Toemar's Garden Supplies ( Although not a traditional garden centre where flowers are sold, these guys sell everything else to make your garden or flowers grow well. I always go to them for my organic veggie topsoil. The quality of soil is reflected in the growth of my flowers and vegetables. I also can't complain about the price as it is quite competitive and sometimes quite a bit better than your local home depot or canadian tire.
grace / November 14, 2012 at 08:08 pm
Jay's Garden is a downtown legend that attracts celebrities and regular people alike. They are extremely friendly and their plants are of excellent quality. The prices are some of the lowest you will get in the city.
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Jeanette Janzen / May 26, 2013 at 04:41 pm
I checked out East End last year when I lived down the street. Although it is really great for variety, the service I experienced was pretty abysmal. I was alone in the back lot and needed to ask a question. Apparently, if they're watering the plants you shouldn't disturb them. I said excuse me to a woman while she watered the hanging baskets so I could ask her if she could point me in the direction of the petunias and she actually said, "What?" with an exasperated tone. So I told her never mind and that she was obviously too busy to make a sale, put down all of the plants I had chosen and left.

Sorry, East End - I like to support local businesses but not if they're going to treat me like crap.
Bianca Mercuri / May 27, 2013 at 10:05 pm
Tumino's in Etobicoke has the best assortment of veggies I've ever seen! Good prices too.
Rita / May 31, 2013 at 12:52 am
Humber Nurseries is my version of Disneyland! I could easily spend a whole weekend there. My only problem is how can a GTA downtowner without a car get there? I've tried researching some public transport routes without any luck. If anyone has any tips on this, please leave a comment. (I was also really sad to read the negative review by the ex-Humber employee above, but hopefully they've changed?)

I also wanted to give a shout out to Sheridan Nurseries! Several of their locations are easily accessible by subway/bus and they also carry a large variety of indoor houseplants (I just picked up some great looking air plants today). The staff at Yonge/Lawrence location is incredibly knowledgable and very helpful. One of my favourite midtown destinations.
frank agostino / June 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm
All Great Thank You . Dont forget all those little variety stores that sell veggies and flowers during the summer . you will find the same plants that the guys above have but for way less .. there are a few great ones along oakwood ave. between rogers and vaughn . go get your hands dirty .
Alex replying to a comment from Jeanette Janzen / June 29, 2013 at 02:20 pm
Had a similar experience. I wonder if it was the same lady? She couldn't be bothered to exchange simple pleasantries and our basil ended up being crap :(
Shay replying to a comment from Aldo Tumino / July 7, 2013 at 10:26 am
We have gone to Tumino's for years, they are lovely knowledgeable people and Silvana's very creative with containers and planters. Small shop but very helpful and friendly.
Shay replying to a comment from Aldo Tumino / July 7, 2013 at 10:34 am
It is also worth it for everyone to take drives (and invite friends who don't have cars or vehicles but love plants and car rides) and drive a little outside of our/your city, not long 30 - 45 minutes and you will run into great independent and family run nurseries and plant farms all along county roads and highways, and smaller 2 lane highways (115/35 Freskiws, on highway 7 in Madoc the Madoc garden centre but along 7 there have got to be a dozen family/independent vendors) and you will be amazed at the unique, quality and reasonable priced products you can find.

After passing the Madoc garden centre on my work trips back and forth to Ottawa from Toronto, I finally stopped after 4 glad I did....I got a beautiful Cherokee Chief Dogwood that was in bloom and was so beautiful, I snatched it up on the spot and talk about reasonable priced....that made me realized how much I was missing by not stopping and taking a few minutes to smell the "roses" rather than being worried about the drive time. Now I take different routes all the time in hopes of visiting or stopping at a new place. Just never know what you will find. Fern Peonies, Cherokee Chief Dogwoods...the list goes
mery / July 12, 2013 at 06:25 pm
ill try to find a cherry tree in special give me some tips please thanks
dc / October 11, 2013 at 03:20 pm
The guy at 165 geary street was nothing short of awesome, went to get supplies, he was very helpful, lots of info and patience for a somewhat newbie green thumb, and even makes his own nutrients! Thats dedication, and the prices were super good.
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Hi I am looking for a potted white orchids, where can we get a cheap one? Somewhere in Scarborough perhaps? We need about 20. Thanks guy:) / October 25, 2013 at 09:46 am
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kleinburg nursery / December 18, 2013 at 07:37 am
3 acre Garden centre at 27 & Rutherford... One stop shop for
everything , They deliver everthing and anything they sell.
Large selection of b&b trees , perennials, shrubs , speciman type plants . They have a aggregiate yard which sells all yard building base material from screening to 3/4 clear , mulches , 500 bushcords of firewood available at the lowest cost in the city .... the staff is very freindly and knowledgeable ... Kleinburg Nursery also installs everything they sell, no landscaping job to big or to small...check them out
Mina / December 23, 2013 at 10:41 am
What garden centers among these have the best selection of roses? I want something within the vicinity of Toronto.
Alex / January 6, 2014 at 02:38 am
I found a Gem! A new garden center which opened this year and it is WONDERFUL! it is on Carlaw I think the exact address is 4 Carlaw ave. It is called BEECH NURSERY. The staff is so helpful, the prices are fair and they have a very large variety of plants and even mature trees, they also delivered everything to my house (so convenient as I don't drive) I have a dog and they are pet friendly and allowed my dog to join me. Susan and Michael were a great help and gave me great advice. I cant wait until this spring. Thank you BEECH NURSERY for coming to the BEACHES!
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ioa replying to a comment from kleinburg nursery / February 18, 2014 at 11:27 pm
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joyce jones / April 9, 2014 at 05:11 pm
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Lon Hope replying to a comment from Alex / April 11, 2014 at 02:57 pm
Hi, I looked at their website, I am looking for herb and berrie plants. I couldn't tell if they carried them on their site.
Do you know if they do?
tutu / May 10, 2014 at 09:25 pm
Hi, I am looking for Royal Star Magnolias tree to plant into my garden this year, but cannot find it anywhere :( Dose anyone know where I may find one? I greatly appreciate your help!
dw / May 15, 2014 at 08:36 pm
Down 2 Earth at Parklawn south of Queensway in Etobicoke (JUST barely in Etobicoke) has a pretty good selection of annuals and perennials for city folk.
Laura / May 20, 2014 at 09:22 am
Would be great to have this list updated! The Fiesta Farms garden centre number is incorrect as it turns out, it's 416-537-1244
derek / May 23, 2014 at 01:47 pm
Where can I find flowerbox holders that clamp over balcony railings? Could anyone help me:-)
Alli VB replying to a comment from Alex / May 23, 2014 at 03:00 pm
Just went to East End today...must have had the same lady! Now, I profess to knowing nothing about gardening, and I was upfront about that, but there's nothing quite like feeling like an idiot in front of other people in line.

I ended up buying compost at Home Depot. Damn it.
joe bob / May 30, 2014 at 02:04 pm
I think the sunvalley ay birchmount and danforth rd is fantastic especially for the various veggies and great prices
amanda vanhart / June 1, 2014 at 05:45 pm
Don't forget to support local farmers from Ontario this season at one of Toronto's many Farmers' Markets!
VanHarts All Organic attends City Place, Bloor & Borden, as well as Liberty Village! All of our produce is hand picked and brought to you only a couple hours before market!
NW / June 2, 2014 at 04:31 pm
Down 2 Earth is great! and they are open all year round, great quality plants and garden needs it's family run with awesome customer service - I go to them for all my gardening needs and I own two garden balcony's they pay attention to the height/sun exposure etc. even grabbed a great water feature that fits perfectly!
Lee replying to a comment from sandora / June 9, 2014 at 03:22 pm
Wow, you have a hate on for corporate stores by the looks of your postings. "I hate Walmart". "Then I wouldn't have to buy my flowers at Loblaws"....
Same here / June 24, 2014 at 03:49 pm
Just wanted to chime in on the East End Garden Centre - their service is really awful. I called to ask a simple question and the person on the phone was SO rude.

Considered calling back and asking for a manager, but judging by the other comments here... I just won't give them my money.

Two major thumbs down for the East End Garden Centre at 1395 Queen Street E.
RJ Roberts / October 31, 2014 at 04:16 pm
If you feel like a drive to Caledon, Plant Paradise Country Gardens will amaze you with the quality of plants and the friendly helpful advice.
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Joseph replying to a comment from Kate / March 17, 2015 at 01:30 pm
not everything they have is native unfortunately and the quality/selection is limited - very limited. It's better to go there for the Belong Cafe that's beside them and then go to a place like Humber Nurseries who carry everything including natives!
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Peter / April 24, 2015 at 05:38 pm
East End Garden Centre:
Not the best customer service but then again, I'm just a "customer". Oh..wait, they need customers. LOL
C / May 7, 2015 at 01:47 pm
After reading this article I called East End Garden Centre to enquire if they sold a particular plant, and also what the price range for that plant would be. The lady very rudely dismissed me and said she didn't know the price but they do have the plant and hung up. Definitely will be taking my business elsewhere even if other places end up being more expensive.
Alix James replying to a comment from C / May 7, 2015 at 02:52 pm
Agreed. I've never had very good service there, prefer Bill's on Pape.
andy / August 11, 2015 at 04:57 pm
Went to City Wide Garden Centre a few times this week near Galleria Mall. Not only were they closed 2/3 days I went (one day it looked like it was going to rain, don't blame them), but they have no clear hours. The third time I went, someone who works there kept barking "THE GARDEN CENTRE IS CLOSED AT ME" in a booming jackass voice... when it was 2 pm.. Meanwhile, I was looking to buy at least $50 in soil and then a few seeds and plants as well. Just a landscaper lunch pad for a bunch of goons.
Andrew / March 3, 2016 at 12:14 am
Do any garden stores carry small japanese zen gardens? Only seen cheaply made ones in kensington. Looking for one to sit on desktop. Any leads would be appreciated.
sandy / April 28, 2016 at 07:42 am
Two of these outfits are out of business and one isn't a garden centre.
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