I find that I really get to appreciate nature right after winter when all the snow has thawed. The best way to celebrate spring and welcome the coming warmer months is to visit botanical gardens in Toronto. You don’t have to travel far to visit a botanical garden as there are a few right in the middle of the city.
Located at Lawrence and Leslie, Edwards Gardens feature an array of 17 award-winning themed gardens spanning nearly 4 acres. The public park sits on top of a ravine which is connected to hiking and cycling trails. The best part about Edwards Gardens is its absolutely free to the public!
The Allan Gardens Conservatory is a beautiful respite in the heart of downtown. It's cast iron and glass-domed greenhouse is a major landmark and tourist attraction in Toronto. Allan Gardens is open every day and also has free admission! My favorite part of their collection is the Arid House where they showcase a large display of unusual cacti and succulents.
If you want a garden that also provides a fantastic view of Lake Ontario, then you should visit Rosetta McClain Gardens just off Kingston Road. Although this garden is fairly small in size, it still provides a zen environment for those who are eager to meditate and breathe in some fresh air. This garden is also an ideal setting to watch migrating birds in autumn.