Calendar of Bloom
Where in downtown Toronto can you see hundreds of roses in bloom from June to October, rare native wildflowers, a dell planted with colourful rhododendrons and azaleas and old-fashioned perennial borders?
All in one magnificent garden at Canada's most famous castle - Casa Loma!
The Casa Loma Gardens consist of over four acres of specialty garden areas on an escarpment overlooking downtown Toronto. The original grounds associated with Casa Loma had been taken over by the forces of nature after Sir Henry Pellatt was forced to leave his dream castle. In 1986, a joint venture between The Garden Club of Toronto, the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma and the City of Toronto sought to renovate the grounds to their former glory. The $1.5 million dollar project resulted in breathtaking gardens like no other in the city. The Casa Loma Gardens are maintained and funded by the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma.
The Casa Loma Gardens are open from May 1 through the end of October.
If you are starting your own garden or looking for new ideas and techniques, consider a Garden Pass for the garden season. Return throughout the season and explore our spectacular horticultural displays as they reflect the changing colours of the Canadian seasons. A garden pass is $15.00 (including all taxes) and is valid for 10 individual admissions to the Casa Loma Gardens (pass does not include admission to the estate buildings). Bring a friend and enjoy dancing fountains, unusual sculpture and a rainbow of dazzling colour.
Casa Loma also offers Guided Garden Tours for groups. Our knowledgeable staff invite you to accompany them on a one-hour tour through the spectacular array of specialty garden areas. Guided garden tours are available on weekdays and on a number of select Saturdays. Call and book your group's visit to Casa Loma and include a personal tour of the gardens. For more information, please visit the Group Sales section.
- West Staircase: Woodland wildflower walk; from mid-April to end of May; trillium, hepatica, mertensia, jack-in-pulpit. See how to utilize woodland plants in shady areas.
- Woodland Walk: South slope is covered in naturalized narcissus and daffodils; paths edged in bergenia, epidmediums, vinca.
- Rhododendron Dell: Our microclimate brings early rhodo’s into bloom in the end of April/early May; Rhododendron primroses, doronicum, fritillarias, anemone nemrosa.
- Front Courtyard: Tulips & other spring bulbs.
- June is the month for roses: we have over 75 varieties of roses. Excellent collection of old fashioned roses, formal beds of floribunda types, Austin Roses; walk through the Rose Arbour into the Secret Garden covered with hardy climbing roses. Don’t miss the Casa Loma Rose on the Lower Terrace.
- Lower Terrace: Perennial beds start their early summer bloom; delphiniums, iris, campanula, coral bells, late tulips.
- Rhododendron Dell: Really at its glory during June; large leafed types in bloom as well as deciduous azaleas; flowering dogwoods, lilacs, mock-orange, spirea are all in bloom now.
- Secret Garden: Peonies, scabiosa, salvia, deutzia, dianthus, geraniums, and, of course, roses in profusion.
- Front Courtyard & Upper Terrace: Containers with annuals should be starting to fill in and showing lots of colour.
- Rhododendron Dell: Mass plantings of astilbes bloom in succession all month long - feathery plumes create a sea of pink, white & red; paths edged with rare hostas and other shade loving plants.
- Rest in the cool shade of the maples and enjoy the soothing sounds of the waterfall by our lily pond; pond edge hosts many marginal plants such as ligularia, iris, peltiphyllum, calla, and lobelia; also is the home of our resident turtle, Henry.
- Lower Terrace: Perennial beds peak in late July/early August; daylilies, pholox, yarrow and many other hardy perennials create a tapestry of colour amongst fountains and formal annual beds.
- Front Courtyard: Cut-leaf Japanese maples, masses of floribunda roses, colourful annuals in beds and containers.
- Secret Garden & Lower Terrace: Late blooming perennials; coneflowers, asters, sedums, perennial hibiscus.
- Front Courtyard, Secret Garden, Rhododendron Dell: Roses have a second flush of bloom with cooler night temperatures.
- Woodland Walk: Ornamental grasses begin to flower.
- Meadow Garden: Prairie and meadow species are fully developed.
- Secret Garden, Lower Terrace & containers: Fall mum display.
- Secret Garden: Autumn colours in late September start with scorching reds (Burning bush), brilliant yellows (Katsura tree) and flaming orange of amur Maples.
- Lower Terrace: beds liven up with hydrangeas, ornamental grasses, boltonia, fall asters.
- Rhododendron Dell: showing fall colours of many rare native trees and shrubs.
- Front Courtyard: roses and annual beds are in their final glory before the first frost.
For further information on the Casa Loma Gardens, please contact us directly at (416) 923-1171.
- Woodland Walk: muted autumn light shows off browns, golds and silver of ornamental grasses.
- Displays of ornamental cabbages with chrysanthemums.
- East Stair: reds and bronzes of oaks and sumacs.
1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON, M5R 1X8
Casa Loma is located at the intersection of Spadina and Davenport Roads.