Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Cabbagetown Preservation Association's Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces Tour

20 Wellesley Avenue's garden complete with a recreation of Kathmandu's Kumari palace window as a focal point.
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association Garden Tour - "Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces" - takes place on Sunday, June 2 from 10:00am - 3:00pm when ten private gardens will be on view. This self-guided tour, using the map on the ticket, brings visitors along the streets of the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District of downtown Toronto and through quiet back lanes or tree-lined streets to hidden alcoves of greenery.
 One of three outdoor rooms in the garden of 297 Carlton Street on the 2011 Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces tour.
Visit unique urban gardens from the quaint to the quirky. Proud gardeners will be on site to answer questions about the creative use of small spaces, the challenges of urban wildlife, (raccoons, skunks, squirrels, coyotes & opossums) and choices of plants and other materials. Use the map on the ticket as well as balloonbouquets at garden entrances as guides to stroll through this charming neighbourhood. Some gardens can only be entered from back lanes with intriguing names: Yen, Magic, Gordon Sinclair or Nuthatch.
A restful oasis is part of the garden at 89 Winchester Street.

Along the way, also note some community gardens: at Prospect and Parliament, Winchester and Parliament and Sword Street - the boulevard gardens. This year Michael Hepburn of Hepburn Landscape Contractors will be our guest gardening expert to answer questions about gardens and garden design.
Entering the garden at 40 Gifford Street.
Tickets cost $15:00. Get your ticket early; a limited number of tickets get printed and this tour sells out.
Tickets are now on sale at the following vendors (Cash Only):

  •   JAY’s Garden Centre, 360 Gerrard Street, 416-927-9949
  • Cabbagetown BIA Office, 237 Carlton St. 
  • Bill’s Garden and Design, 903 Pape Avenue, 416-466-8283
  • Mi Casa, 238 Carlton Street, 416-929-1913
  • Fairway Variety, 520 Parliament Street, 416-921-0624
  • KENDALL & Co Design + Décor, 227 Carlton Street, 416-363-9914
  • Sheridan Nurseries, 2827 Yonge Street, 416-481-6429
  •  Indoors & Out, 1991 Yonge Street, 416-489-7553
  • Ringe Florist, Scotia Plaza, 40 King Street W., Concourse Level, 416-214-0278
  • Greenery Patch at the St. Lawrence Market, B36, 95 Front Street East, 416-594-6678

Tickets can also be purchased ONLINE using this form.

Specials available EXCLUSIVELY for ticket holders of this year's Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces Tour:

FREE! Royal Home Hardware - 485 Parliament Street 416-924-3921 Drop by this popular Cabbagetown store, show your ticket and pick up your FREE copy of “Canadian Lawn & Garden Secrets” featuring Mark Cullen ($12.95 retail value). While in the shop, browse the gardening section with its wide selection of seeds, pots, and solar lighting.
Mi Casa - 238 Carlton Street 416-929-1913 offers a 10% discount on home décor and accessories on the day of the tour. Stop at this modern emporium to browse a wide selection of beautiful home accents. After the tour, show your ticket and get 10% off until Saturday, June 9th, 2013.
Sinate Creations - 480 Parliament Street 647-352-2074 offers 15% off purchases on tour day. Visitors can drop into this new shop in Cabbagetown and browse the wide selection of unique women’s clothing and accessories such as silk scarves, pashminas, and one-of-a-kind jewellery. A free gift of aromatic incense for visitors.
KENDALL & Co Design + Décor - 227 Carlton St. 416-366-9914 Cabbagetown’s Home Design Destination. Receive a free gift of your choice with purchase of home accents and gifts at our beautiful shop from June 2 to June 8. Limited quantities available. Visit

Labour of Love - 242 Carlton Street - 416 923 8988: In honour of the CPA’s Hidden Gardens Tour, please visit Labour of Love’s Garden Party, where ticket holders will receive 20% off of regularly priced merchandise with a purchase of $10 or more! Come tiptoe through our tulips and enjoy a free tea sample! Or visit our web site:
MerryBerry Café + Bistro - 559 Parliament Street 647-348-0411 Do you crave a charming and whimsical French bistro experience? Try MerryBerry where ticket holders receive a delicious complimentary strawberry lemonade with any food order.
Peartree Restaurant - 507 Parliament Street offers a complimentary apple pie or carrot cake with any lunch order. This charming eatery with exposed brick walls, solarium, and back patio boasts one of the finest facades on Parliament Street. Brunch from 10am; dinner after 4:00pm.
The Epicure Shop - 473 Parliament Street at Carlton offers 15% off any cheese purchase and/or purchase a lunch special and receive a free dessert, and coffee, pop, or water on us!
Cranberries Restaurant – 601 Parliament Street 416-925-6330 offers 15% off all food (not alcohol) from 9am to 3pm on the day of the tour.
Cabbagetown Brew - 552Parliament Street - 416-353-5551 An Espresso Boutique with an Italian flare offering visitors a variety of specialty coffees, gelato, and delicious baked treats from local celebrity chef Mark Thuet. Come relax in our comfy wingback chairs and enjoy 1 Medium Drip Coffee and a yummy muffin of your choice for only $1.99!
Drop by the Riverdale Farm to pick up information about its activities and take advantage of a special treat. (day of tour only)
Paths to Vitality Osteopathic Wellness Clinic - 439 Parliament Street 647-352-5527 . Suffering from pain? We can help! Redeem your Garden Tour ticket for a complimentary initial assessment and treatment from one of our Manual Therapists. Call to book your appointment today.