Edwards Gardens (Toronto Botanical Garden)

The beautiful Toronto Botancal Garden is free to visit and boasts a wide range of natural and manicured gardens

Edwards Botanical Gardens
Edwards Botanical Gardens cc licensed photo by Simon P

Edwards Gardens, home to the Toronto Botanical Garden features a stunning collection of themed gardens and is open year round from dawn to dusk. This former estate garden owned by wealthy businessman Rupert Edwards was sold to the City of Toronto to be preserved as a park and first opened to the public in 1956. Consider it a bonus that there is no admission charge to see these lovely gardens.

Located on a ravine North of Downtown Toronto, Edwards Gardens features perennial and rose gardens in the upper area and rhododendrons, wildflowers and a rockery in the valley portion. The natural and manicured backdrops provided by the Gardens make it a very popular location for wedding photography.

You can enjoy a leisurely walk along the pathway leading out of the park that follows the ravine south into Wilket Creek Park, Serena Gundy Park and Ernest Thompson Seton Park. This path also passes by the Ontario Science Centre, so you may want to consider a visit to that attraction while in the area.

It is easy to get to these beautiful gardens by public transit.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Edwards Gardens Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Address: 755 Lawrence Ave E, North York, ON M3C 1P2, Canada

Phone: (416) 392-8188

Official Website: Edwards Gardens

Edwards Gardens Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Edward’s gardens is one of the most beautiful places in Toronto located in North York on the corner of Leslie and Lawrence. It features a botanical garden, a venue for events, a coffee shop that operates in summer and a beautiful walking trail across the East Don River that stretches south and connects Edward’s gardens to Wilkes Creek park. In summer, Edward’s gardens is full of gorgeous photos and beautiful plants and is a great place to visit. You can enjoy the flowers and the botanical garden, or you can grab a drink and a cake and enjoy the outdoor seating or you can walk across the river in the trail. There are many things you’ll love about this place. The nature, the flowers, the trail, the benches and their memorial plaques, the sky and tall trees and the birds! Weather you’re looking for a nice place to walk, or a beautiful park to bring your lunch, or you wanna catchup with a friend and enjoy a summer afternoon in a beautiful scenery, Edward Gardens will be one of the best places to be!
Veria Havary-Nassab - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating One of my favorite places to visit especially during the fall months. Fall colors are always vibrant. You can also walk to Sunnybrook Park.
Through_Barb_Eyes - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Free admission. Parking though is not free. Lots of parking space. There's public washroom. There's a cafe at the innermost part of the park. Since it's fall season the colors are everywhere. There's lot of people taking photoshoot in this park. It's a really nice park and not that crowded. Trail is very light and suitable for all ages. Been here twice and there's lot of changes with the trail maybe because it depends on the season. Nevertheless, it's a beautiful park.
Regine Mercader - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating The place is easily accessible with plenty of parking lots. I went on a Sunday and the parking costed 2.5$ per hour. Be ready to walk around a lot. The maintenance is perfect and there are plenty of beautiful places. There are many beautiful flowers, large trees, lush green lawns and plenty of benches to sit and relax. Lot of people where doing all kinds of photo shoots here. Plenty of natural sceneries. The restrooms are nice and clean. There is a bloom cafe inside. But I didn’t buy anything here. I just wish the parking was cheaper or free. Definite recommend to visit here.
Vimal V - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating Wedding parties and photographers are what I remember most about Edwards Gardens. It’s been a really long time here and I love the upgrades and upkeep and care this place has gotten! So many places to take amazing photos and walk around. This place is an oasis in the city and connected to the downtown bike paths. Stay for an 1hr or 2hr if you’re walking. Longer if you’re biking since you can catch a lot got the bike trails. Make sure you check in advance if there’s some concert series to enjoy too. Bring a picnic basket and a blanket and just enjoy the grounds. If you liked the Niagara’s Botanical Gardens, come see here too (albeit smaller).
Norma V - 6 months ago

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TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Yonge-University-SpadinaEglinton Station1 Minute

How to get to Edwards Gardens by TTC Subway

Take the #54, #54A, or 54B Lawrence East or the #51 Leslie to Steeles bus eastbound from Eglington Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina line.

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