Whether you're an expert gardener or a novice, the Leaside Garden Society has something of interest for you.
Our Society has grown from the original eight people in 1986 to over 140 members. In today's frantic world, more and more people are discovering that gardening is both relaxing and rewarding. Whether your garden consists of a sunny window ledge or several acres, Leaside Garden Society offers a friendly environment to meet other people who share your love for gardening.
Our members include both the novice and experienced gardener, with gardens that range from small to large, to balconies and decks, and others with indoor gardens; all have a love of gardening in all its many variations.
We enjoy the friendly competition of regular flower shows, in addition to providing an opportunity to exhibit the fruits of your labour. Our guest speakers provide 'hands-on' information on a wide range of gardening topics, including lawn care, wildflowers, perennials, pruning, spring bulbs, and much more.
Leaside Garden Society members are involved in a number of community-based activities:
Volunteers dig in and organize public planting and maintenance programs at a number of gardens: Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-Lyndhurst Centre, Fr. Caulfield Parkette, the gardens of the Leaside Public Library and Trace Manes Park. The city supplies most of the materials, but these beautiful gardens are planted and maintained by volunteers from the Leaside Garden Society.
In 2011, the Society donated a beautiful park bench and a large urn with seasonal arrangements, situated outside the entrance to the Leaside Public Library, commemorating our 25 years of community involvement.
In 2012, the Society created a lovely new garden on the north side of the library, clearly visible for both patrons and passer-bys to further celebrate our 25 years of beautifying the community.
In 2013, the Society donated a Tulip tree in the playground next to the Leaside Public Library, commermorating the 100th Anniversary of the Community of Leaside.
The 8 gardens at Lyndhurst Rehab also benefit from our care, and funds for revitalization efforts were donated by the membership in 2103 as a special project.
Junior Gardeners Programme
The Junior Gardeners' Programme hosts different elementary school classes in a variety of educational gardening adventures and initiatives. We sponsor class visits to the TBG Teaching Garden; our volunteers work with the students with special needs at Sunny View Public School providing hands-on horticultural projects. Coordinating with the Grade 3 Science curriculum, we organize community planting in several public gardens with our neighbourhood elementary schools. Our aim is to encourage a lifetime interest in gardening and the environment through a variety of learning programs.
We give a Community Award yearly to recognize the efforts of a non-residential organization or business that enhances the neighbourhood and improves the environment.
We hold four Mini Shows a year for members to have the opportunity to display their plants of 'pride and joy': February, May, June and September. The May show is for fun and allows our members to do all the judging. The other shows are run under The Ontario Horticultural Judging Standards
Annual Plant Sale
Each Spring, our society organizes a popular plant sale for the community, specializing in a great variety of top-quality perennials.
June marks our annual, self-guided tour through several very special gardens in the Leaside area. They represent typical city gardens providing an opportunity to see how various garden challenges are overcome and beautiful spaces are created. Meet the gardeners, ask questions, exchange horticultural notes, discover new ideas, or simply smell the flowers!
Garden addresses and tour map are on each passport. The Tour route is easily accessed by TTC, driven or walked - rain or shine.