Through the Garden Gate: Riverdale
This annual tour will highlight beautiful private gardens in the east-end Toronto neighbourhood of Riverdale, known for its diverse community, abundant dining choices, quaint Victorian homes, and some pretty amazing gardeners! This is a high-density urban neighbourhood that is also blessed with an abundance of parkland where one can escape the hustle and bustle of big-city living. Riverdale Park is one of the largest green spaces in the city. Its steep hill has a spectacular view of the city and is a favourite location for sunset picnics. Withrow Park is a central hub and meeting place with a popular Saturday farmers market.
Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, 2023 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Garden-goers will have the opportunity to visit more than 15 residential gardens, of varying sizes and themes. The self-guided format enables participants to discover the gardens at their own pace following a map and guide that contains descriptions of each featured garden. There is something new to discover and inspire behind every gate. A complimentary shuttle bus service is available for participants to “hop on and hop off” along the route, which is also very walkable. Back by popular demand will be live music in one of the gardens and a scavenger hunt to enhance the fun and enjoyment of connecting with nature. Garden seekers will also have a chance to ask questions and learn something too! Knowledgeable Toronto Master Gardeners will be stationed in each garden and will be happy to answer plant and garden design questions. This is an outdoor event that can be enjoyed solo or with family and friends, strolling along the tree-lined streets, while skipping in and out of gardens. Come early to visit Withrow Farmers Market on Saturday or linger after the tour to shop or dine at one of the local restaurants in the Danforth Village. Your ticket (wristband) gives you access to:
*Beautiful private gardens in the Riverdale neighbourhood
*“Hop on, hop off” complimentary shuttle buses which circle the garden route
*Garden guide and map with descriptions of each garden as well as a comprehensive digital guide to making the most of your tour experience which includes the history of the area, full descriptions of the featured gardens, insider and neighbourhood tips, and more.
Tickets are limited and advance purchase is recommended. Tickets will be available for purchase at tour headquarters on the weekend of the event. The tour takes place rain or shine. Please dress for the weather.
One-Day Public Pass (Saturday or Sunday) – $45 each
One-Day Members Pass (Saturday or Sunday) – $40 each
Two-Day Public/Members Pass (Saturday and Sunday) – $65 each
Two-Day Student Pass (Saturday and Sunday) – $25 each
Toronto Botanical Garden Membership – $45 per year or $65 for two years