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The Growing Years
The Garden Club of Toronto is celebrating Sixty Years of building gardens for Toronto. Fourteen public gardens and thousands of trees, flowers and shrubs colour and scent the air of Toronto because Club members have recognized the importance of green space.

To celebrate these Sixty Years, the Garden Club of Toronto has published, The Growing Years by Helen Skinner. The book follows members’ activities from the Club’s formation in 1946 through its major flower shows at the O’Keefe Centre, Casa Loma and The Automotive Building to the present day annual Canada Blooms Flower and Garden Festival at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The Garden Club of Toronto is a Charitable Organization which has donated and implemented many city garden projects. These range from the Fragrant Garden for the Blind in 1953, through the development of the Civic Garden Centre (now the Toronto Botanical Garden-TBG) the gardens at Casa Loma, Spadina House, Roy Thomson Hall, and the Brickworks to a Children’s Teaching Garden and The Entry Walk Garden at the Toronto Botanical Garden by international designer Piet Oudolf. All the Club’s projects gardens are featured and illustrated in The Growing Years.

The Growing Years, is available through the Garden Club of Toronto Office 416-447-5218 or at

Author : Helen Skinner

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