Bay Street's secret gardeners // The Discovery

Bay Street gardens downtown
Ever wondered who tends to all those flowerbeds downtown?

By Daniel Fish

On Tuesday May 26th, 2015


Ever wonder who tends to those flowerbeds all over the downtown core? We did some digging and found Holly Horne, the VP of Urban Garden, who was happy to share a few key numbers about gardening in the city.

60: The number of buildings Urban Garden cares for, which includes First Canadian Place and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

200,000: It’s not exact, but Horne says this is about how many flowers Urban Garden plants every year.

20: The number of landscapers who work at those buildings, day-in, day-out.

2,000: The approximate number of tulips, daffodils and pansies you’ll find at First Canadian Place, in a collection meant to “mimic the gardens you might see in Holland.”

The final word on flowers: “Planters are not ashtrays. And they’re also not to be used as toilets.”

This story is from our Summer 2015 issue.




Photo by Braden Alexander