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Stop and Smell the Roses

Long Branch Garden Tour featured in the Etobicoke Guardian

If you’re in our area and you get the Etobicoke Guardian, you will have seen the Long Branch Garden Tour featured on the front page of the paper yesterday! The Long Branch Gardeners really appreciate the support of our fantastic community newspaper. You can read the entire article, by Tamara Shephard here.

The Long Branch Garden Tour – the biggest FREE garden tour in the country – takes place tomorrow. For people in the GTA who have never been to Long Branch, we’re nestled in the SW corner of Toronto by the lake. If you’re driving here, we’re roughly east of Brown’s Line and west of Kipling, on both sides of Lake Shore Blvd W. All gardens open to the public 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Visit the website for a map of participating gardens. The map is set up on Google Maps so you can navigate from garden to garden using your phone. If you prefer a paper map, you can pick one up on tour day at garden tour HQ – 85 Thirty First St (The Branch Church) or at any of the following spots on Lake Shore:

There are lots of FREE events taking place during the day. Here’s a list:

At 85 Thirty First St (The Branch Church):

9-9:45 – learn about pruning with garden expert Sean James.
9:45-9:50 – kickoff ceremony.
12-12:45 – learn to make super summer planters with garden expert Jeff Mason.
10:00-4:00 – interactive art event – Elemental Time by Bruce Parsons. Artist in attendance.
10:00-4:00 – kids gardening activities.
10:00-4:00 – Etobicoke Master Gardeners – info table about gardening for kids and families.

At 15 Thirty Sixth Street – 1:00 – 2:00 Drumming by the Lake – drum circle at the Titan Heritage Tree.

At 15 Twenty Seventh Street – 2:00-2:45 Jack Antler will play Old Time music in the back yard.

At the Long Branch Library 3500 Lake Shore Blvd W – The Gardens Pod Project in South Etobicoke will have an info table. The library hosts one of the community veggie gardens which are part of this project.

We really hope you have a chance to come visit our gardens and our community. If you plan to make a day of it, there are some really great lunch spots along Lake Shore for every taste. When you’re exploring the gardens, be sure to ask local residents for their fave places for a bite.

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