Long Branch by the Lake Garden Tour 2018

On Saturday morning, June 23, 2018, I’ll be in Long Branch opening up the event that bills itself as “Toronto’s biggest free self-guided garden tour.” Hope you’ll be there to check it out.

Besides my short talk on “eating your garden” before the tour begins, and a plant propagation talk by Jennifer Arnott of The Fabulous Garden as you grab some lunch, you’ll get to squeeze in visits to over 35 gardens into the 10 am to 4 pm tour. And, again, it’s all free. So be sure to come early.

There are activities for kids, too, so you can get the little ones growing in other ways.

Long Branch is historically bounded on the west by Etobicoke Creek and on the east by Kipling Avenue, sandwiched between Bloor Street and Lake Ontario. It’s one of the GTA’s wonderful residential pockets with a great neighbourhood spirit, as this tour demonstrates.

I’ve just been volunteering as a garden scout for another garden tour, and I can tell you how hard it is to persuade people to open up their gardens to the public. That there are so many open gardens in Long Branch says a lot about the organizers, the gardeners, and the nabe. Kudos!

Come for the tour-opening flower toss at #2 Twenty-Eighth Street at 9:15 am, spend a few minutes hearing how good weeds and flowers can taste, then get an early start on the tour. See you on Saturday?


    1. I think they had a good turnout at their inaugural event, Janet, so I hope you have a chance to visit next year.

    1. I hope you had the chance to go, Jessica. I actually enjoy doing garden tours in the rain, as long as I’m dressed for it. It makes for great photos.

  1. Sounds wonderful! Wish I could go but we are on our way back from Vancouver so this weekend will be spent tending to the garden – hopefully it’s still in one piece after the storms last week!

    1. I was impressed by the turnout at my talk this morning! The garden was packed, and everyone was a good sport about the rain.

  2. Thanks! Really miss the Toronto tours. We just had the Sprucedale Hort Soc tour with one site a local market garden with a large hoop house–Sunrise Farms near
    Kearney. This area is supposed to become one of the world’s major agricultural areas with climate change. We’re off to a great start with them and Springhill Farms in Trout Creek.

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