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May 22, 2008
Media Advisory - Fiftieth anniversary of Toronto Botanical Garden marks renewal of Edwards Gardens
Councillor Cliff Jenkins (Ward 25 Don Valley West) and Brenda Librecz, General Manager, City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Toronto Botanical Garden. The celebration also commemorates the completion of the first phase of repair work at Edwards Gardens as a result of the August 2005 storm.

Date: Saturday, May 24
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (various activities at the Toronto Botanical Garden); 4 p.m. (official ceremony at the Honeymoon Bridge in Edwards Gardens)
Locations: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E.
Edwards Gardens, 755 Lawrence Ave. E.

Situated adjacent to Edwards Gardens, the Toronto Botanical Garden offers 12 award-winning themed gardens encompassing nearly four acres. The anniversary celebration will include: master gardeners and guides available to answer questions and point out unique aspects of the Toronto Botanical Garden; activities for children at the James Boyd Children’s Centre, including kite-making and Rangoli sand-painting; and tours of the Kitchen Garden to learn about the vegetables and sacred plants of India.

Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation partnered with the Toronto and Region Conservation to repair the damage to Edwards Gardens that was caused by the August 2005 storm. Renewal efforts to date have focused on repairs to Wilket Creek, reconstruction of the Honeymoon and Mill Bridges, enhancements to the waterfall, and restoration of the duck pond that will re-establish Edwards Gardens as a premier location for wedding photography and a favourite destination for all residents.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726,



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