Sharing the wonder of Nature, through Education, Engagement, and Creativity
Founded in 1946, the Garden Club of Toronto is a registered charitable organization. It has played a key role in designing and planting gardens that beautify the city and environs as well as providing outreach and educational programming. Since its inception, the Club has directed in excess of $3 million to the beautification of some of the local areas' renowned gardens together with plantings for major public institutions.
In 1958, the Club founded and provided ongoing funding for the Civic Garden Centre, known today as the Toronto Botanical Garden. Together with Landscape Ontario, the Club also co-founded Canada Blooms, the highly successful Toronto Spring Flower Festival that provides excellence in horticulture and design.
To stimulate a knowledge and love of gardening amongst amateurs
One of the Garden Club of Toronto's most important aims is to promote a love for the environment. Our emphasis is on horticultural knowledge, landscape design and plant conservation.
Through our scholarship programmes, we assist like-minded postsecondary students enrolled in related landscape programs throughout Ontario. Using criteria set by the Garden Club of Toronto, faculty members from Fanshawe College, Humber College, University of Guelph, and University of Toronto select the award recipient(s) for their institution. In addition to the financial award, recipients receive a one-year membership to the Toronto Botanical Garden and are invited to attend a Garden Club of Toronto (GCT) meeting and luncheon in January where they are introduced to GCT members members and asked to speak about their studies and career aspirations.
A list of our postsecondary scholarships and recipients for the last five years is available here.
The Green Explorers Camp
Toronto Botanical Garden $500
Since 1988, the Toronto Botanical Garden has offered school and recreational programmes conducted in the Teaching Garden at Edwards Gardens, designed to stimulate children's curiosity about nature and gardening through hands-on activities. The Green Explorers Camp offers scholarships to students from Flemingdon Park, a designated high-priority neighbourhood and one of Canada’s highest density neighbourhoods the chance to learn environmental leadership skills while exploring Toronto’s greenspaces and gardens on foot, bicycle and public transit. The scholarship spots are generously funded by donors like the Garden Club of Toronto who are committed to providing Toronto’s urban youth with hands-on nature experiences.