Why we can’t afford to lose the Toronto Botanical GardenBy Lorraine • Oct 12th, 2012 • Category: Favourite Gardens, Fresh Dirt, Gardens
In an announcement released October 11, 2012, the Toronto Botanical Garden went public with the news of a financial crisis that threatens a cultural institution that’s at the heart of a community that values the gardens, parks and natural areas that green the concrete and steel of this city and provide a relaxing break from our busy lives.
The Toronto Botanical Garden is more than the sum of its 17 urban-sized gardens that surround the city-owned building sitting on the edge of Edwards Gardens at the corner of Leslie and Lawrence Avenue East. The TBG has touched the lives of anyone who has enjoyed one of the Gardens of Song outdoor summer concerts, grabbed a sandwich at the Garden Café, taken a gardening class taught by some of the city’s best horticultural experts, sent their children to any of the themed TBGKids Camps, borrowed the latest gardening book from the Weston Family Library, went on a Through the Garden Gate tour of some of the city’s best neighbourhood gardens, attended a meeting of one of the many plant and horticultural societies that make the TBG their home, asked a Toronto Master Gardener to help you with a gardening problem, bought some gardening gear at the TBG booth at Canada Blooms, heard the TBG’s ever-energetic director of horticulture, Paul Zammit, speak to your gardening group, learned something new from reading an issue of Trellis or experienced any one of the 100 initiatives listed in the TBG’s press release.
If you would miss any one of these programs, services or events, now’s the time to dig deep and make a donation to the Hearts and Flowers fundraising campaign so the Toronto Botanical Garden can continue to help us all grow.