Edwards Gardens is a botanical garden located on the southwest corner of Leslie Street and Lawrence Avenue East in Toronto, Ontario. It is also the site of the Toronto Botanical Garden, a private not-for profit organization previously called the Civic Garden Centre.
Edwards Gardens is a former estate garden featuring annuals, roses and wildflowers and an extensive rockery. Here’s a little back story about the place: European settlement began in this area shortly after the War of 1812. Alexander Milne, a Scottish weaver, arrived here with his family in 1817. Milne’s farm and mill operation prospered for over a century, expanding to 240 hectares in size. For many years, the watercourse passing through this park was known as Milne Creek.
In 1944, Rupert E Edwards, proprietor of Canada Varnish, Ltd, purchased the original 11 hectare Milne Homestead. Over the last 12 years Mr. Edwards Introduced many landscape features into the garden including a large rockery, ponds, rustic bridges, flower beds, and a 9-hole golf course.
Mr Edwards vision was to see the gardens become a public park. Accordingly, in 1955 Metropolitan Toronto purchased the property and since then, has maintained the beauty and original character of this unique landscape.
Not a huge park, but neatly maintained. It wasn’t a very long drive, and everything was free. Lots of benches, little bridges, ducks, beautiful flowers, arranged landscapes, well-kept lawn, streams, mini-waterfalls and trees. Level pathways, peaceful surroundings, and relaxing atmosphere. Recommended for couples, cycling, hiking, picnics, reading, weddings, and of course, Lomography!
Free admission and free parking.
Free tours are available Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. starting June 1 through September 21, 2010.
Hours of Operation: Dawn to dusk every day, year round
Public Transit: Accessible from Eglinton Station take Lawrence East Bus 54 or 54A
Special Features: A former Estate garden featuring perennials and roses on the uplands and wildflowers, rhododendrons and an extensive rockery in the valley.