LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT 2023
We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territories of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, the Wendat peoples and now home to many diverse First Nations and Métis peoples.
We pledge to continue their stewardship of the land by:
1. Actions including stimulating a knowledge and love of gardening amongst amateurs
2. Actions including aiding in the protection of native plants, trees, birds and soil
3. Actions including taking an interest in civic planting
4. Actions including sharing the wonder of nature through education, engagement, and creativity
5. Actions including inspiring our community through a focus on floral artistry, horticulture, and environmental projects with a commitment to education and charitable initiatives
For over 75 years, the Garden Club of Toronto has played a key role in designing and planting gardens that beautify the city and environs as well as providing outreach and educational programming. True to its vision of sharing the wonder of nature through education, engagement and creativity, the GCT has contributed close to $9 million in current dollars to civic planting and its other charitable activities.
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 showcases 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 and asked to speak about their studies and career aspirations.
The Green Explorers Camp
Toronto Botanical Garden $500