The Cabbagetown Preservation Association Presents: Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces Tour 2024

Cabbagetown / Corktown


I don’t know about you, but the mention of secret garden spaces definitely piques my curiosity! I’m conjuring images of magical enclaves, green glens, and beautiful, lush retreats. So as I work out my plans for this upcoming weekend, I know Cabbagetown’s Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces Tour will be a part of them!


* Image courtesy of Cabbagetown Preservation Association Instagram, with thanks!


It’s fitting that Cabbagetown would have such a noteworthy garden tour, as gardening and outdoor spaces have long been a substantial part of its history. Cabbagetown’s early residents, many of whom where Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famine in the mid 19th century, used their front lawns in the neighbourhood to grow cabbage and other produce.

The gardens of Cabbagetown have come a long way since those early days, and there are some true gems hidden away in this verdant neighbourhood!

Check out the Cabbagetown Preservation Association here!



Lovely, stately Cabbagetown has a lively preservation association. As a Historical Conservation District (HCD), the ‘hood has some of the city’s more storied and stately streetscapes, with impressive architecture to behold. The Cabbagetown Preservation Association hosts a biennial self-guided tour of some of the most notable ones, which I wrote about last year here: The Cabbagetown Preservation Association Presents: The Cabbagetown Tour Of Homes 2023. The next home tour is slated for 2025.

The garden tour is the main event this year, coming up on Sunday, June 2nd, from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

On offer, will be a series of beautiful garden spaces, curated by Cabbagetown’s community gardeners. The tour is self-guided, and you can begin and end wherever it suits you.

It’s a unique way to get a sneak peek at the elegant & beautiful properties in this HCD that you won’t find anywhere else in the city. Gardening is a craft that’s almost always done out of love for the process, by those who enjoy the meaningful results that patience, passion, and effort can yield. That’s why this tour is bound to be inspiring!


* Image courtesy of Streets Of Toronto, with thanks!


In addition to the community gardeners, popular CBC gardening expert Paul Zammit will be on hand to chat and offer advice, along with a selection of Toronto Master Gardeners at various locations.

With your ticket ($25/each, or a book of 5 for $100), you will gain access to the gardens that have been selected for the tour, a map with addresses for the gardens, background information for each stop, and special promotions at local stores and eateries. Why not make a day of it, and wander- and then take in the rest of Cabbagetown’s wonderful amenities?



Tickets can be purchased online here, or in select stores (TBA). With an online purchase, you get a receipt that you can swap for a ticket at The Great Mallard (503 Parliament Street) or on the day of the event, at CPA Tent (corner of 493 Parliament Street).

See you on the garden path!


* Image courtesy of Cabbagetown Preservation Association Instagram, with thanks!


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