Edwards Gardens

Edwards Gardens
Edwards Gardens
777 Lawrence Ave E
Toronto, ON M3C 1P2

Edwards Gardens is a botanical garden located on the southwest corner of Leslie Street and Lawrence Avenue East. It is also the site of the Toronto Botanical Garden, a private not-for profit organization previously called the Civic Garden Centre.

This pastoral paradise is the legacy of businessman Rupert Edwards (who converted his 27-acre homestead farm into a garden) which to this day draws gardeners and walkers alike. The former estate garden, features annuals, roses and wildflowers and an extensive rockery.

The estate’s title was originally held by Alexander Milne, a Scottish weaver who settled to this area after the War of 1812 and left in 1832. The land and the woolen / saw mills were then obtained by Rupert E. Edwards in 1944. Edwards home was left in neglect and was purchased by the Municipality of Metro Toronto in 1955 and became Edwards Gardens in 1956.

Edwards Gardens is one of several parks located in Toronto’s ravines, many of which are connected by hiking and cycling trails ending on the shores of Lake Ontario. A popular time to visit is in the spring, when its famous rhododendrons are in bloom. The park’s manicured lawns and well kept flower beds make it a popular destination for wedding parties to take photographs.

Hours of Operation

Dawn to dusk every day, year round

Directions and Map to Edwards Garden

By Car

Located on the southwest corner of Leslie Street and Lawrence Avenue East, you can take the Don Valley Parkway HWY to Lawrence and head west towards Leslie, or if you are coming across the top of Toronto, take Highway 401 to the Leslie Street Exit. Drive south on Leslie until you get to the stoplights at Lawrence Avenue.

You may turn right at the intersection and take the first or second driveway on your left to enter Edwards Gardens.

By Public Transit

TTC buses pass the corner of Leslie Street and Lawrence Avenue regularly. Both the Lawrence East 54 bus and the 54A bus will deliver you right to the corner.

You can take the Subway by getting on the Yonge Subway line at the EGLINTON station and take the 51, 54 or 54A bus to LAWRENCE Avenue.

By Bicycle

Make your way into the Sunnybrook and Wilket Creek parts of the City of Toronto Parks system and you will find bicycle and walking paths up to Edwards Gardens.

Map of Edwards Garden Location

Video of Edwards Gardens

Contact Edwards Gardens

Phone:  416-392-8188

Private Toronto Botanical Garden Info
Email: info at torontobotanicalgarden.ca
Phone:  416-397-1340
Website:  torontobotanicalgarden.ca 

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