Annual Report 2017

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Annual Report 2017


Our Mission

TBG connects people to plants, inspiring us to live in harmony with nature. Our Vision

Board of Directors 2017.18


Vaughn Miller | PRESIDENT Mark Bonham | VICE



Barbara Yager | TREASURER


Timothy Bermingham


Paula Dill Kaitlynn Furse Sara D’Elia Denis Flanagan Penny Richards Alexandra Risen Gino Scapillati Cynthia Webb Margaret Betts | EX Ryan Glenn | EX


Cathy Kozma | EX Irene Stokes | EX

Photo: Janet Davis




A New Beginning OUR YEAR CAME TO A CLOSE with Toronto Botanical Garden set to enter a phase of unprecedented growth. With our partner, the City of Toronto, we spent 2017 planning for the creation of a world-class cultural institution that advances our capacity to fulfil a botanical garden’s mandated activities of education, conservation, research and horticultural display. The Gardens Our first-rate plant collections and displays continued to educate, inspire and give pleasure to our visitors and members. Education Programming Through classroom and hands-on learning, and with the introduction of a garden app, we engaged visitors of all ages. Community of Supporters TBG members, volunteers, donors and the corporate community supported our core programs and contributed to our expansion plans. New Relationships Through strategic partnerships, including our collaboration with the City of Toronto, we extended our footprint and reached out to new audiences.

Executive Director Harry Jongerden Photo: Paul Chmielowiec.

TBG’s overall business operations concluded on a positive note for the fourth year in a row, closing its books for 2017 with a net positive balance of $4,414. Together, the Board of Directors and the management team have steered TBG into what will be a very pivotal 2018. We look forward to welcoming and engaging with visitors and program participants while further solidifying our foundation, transforming TBG into a world-class destination.

Harry Jongerden

Vaughn Miller




Master Plan

The Year in Review Expansion Project Toronto Botanical Garden reached several important milestones in 2017, in pursuit of its plans to expand by a further 30 acres: Our partnership potential was incorporated into the City of Toronto’s Ravine Strategy: TBG is positioned as an early deliverable of the strategy, in providing a “natural, connected sanctuary essential for the health and well-being of the city.” The City-funded Master Plan and Management Plan Study was completed with the support of TBG staff, including hosting three public consultation events and a design charrette with stakeholders. A campaign feasibility study was also completed to assess the community’s capacity for joining the government’s support for the expansion plan. Organizational capacity was enhanced to strengthen business strategy leading to sustained organizational growth. We ended 2017 with a consensus that a world-class botanical garden could be created by combining the landscapes of TBG and Edwards Gardens under an effective TBG/City partnership.

City of Toronto—Edwards Gardens—Toronto Botanical Garden Master Plan (Forrec)




Our Collection There are 2,604 taxa in the Garden, representing a broad range of species and cultivars. In 2017, we also added approximately 20,300 new spring-flowering bulbs. Our horticultural team includes 32 volunteers who contributed more than 4,000 hours assisting with the organic maintenance of our 17 themed gardens, with a priority of increasing biodiversity, supporting pollinators and managing invasive species. Membership TBG Memberships surpassed 2,000 households, representing an increase of more than 600 new members from 2016 and contributing 104% of the membership fees goal. Volunteers TBG’s dedicated volunteers offer their passion and skills to ensure we fulfil our mission and create important connections between plants, conservation and community. This year, 475 volunteers worked a total of 18,000 hours to help support our events, services, education programs and tour activities. Two of our volunteers won the Member of Provincial Parliament 8th annual Volunteer Service Award for outstanding contributions to the lives of people in and beyond the Don Valley West riding: Congratulations to Jean McCluskey and Donna Tuttle. Jean also won the Ontario Volunteer Service Award 2017 in recognition of her 35 years of service.

Top left to right: The Edwards Summer Music Series hosts free concerts in the garden on Thursday evening during July and August; TBG's yearround farmers' market is open every Thursday, 2 to 7 p.m. Photos: SVP Media


Horticultural Outreach Across North America and Canada Blooms Our horticultural team participated in more than 40 speaking engagements in Canada and the U.S. in 2017, addressing more than 4,500 people. From May through September, TBG reached CBC Radio listeners during a live, weekly spot with Director of Horticulture Paul Zammit. A 1,500-square-foot retail display at Canada Blooms drew many garden-lovers, raising TBG awareness. The 10-day public show exceeded our budgeted sales target, with more than 5,400 transactions, 120 memberships and $119,000 in sales. Environmentalist of the Year Award TBG recognized Minaz Asani Kanji, manager of outreach for Park People, with the 2017 Environmentalist of the Year award. In addition, Aidan Dahlin Nolan and Alan Colley were the recipients of Rising Star awards, which recognize early-career individuals whose efforts demonstrate a commitment and a promise of significant achievement in environmental enhancement. All award recipients were selected by a committee of peers from the environmental sector. The cash awards were generously supported by The Dalglish Family Foundation and The Jackman Foundation. The Monica van Maris Green Professionals Woman of Influence Award Presented in partnership by Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association and TBG, this award was established in 2017 and dedicated to Monica van Maris in recognition of her pioneering achievements as a green professional. In the future, this award will highlight women whose work and vision have made an impact in the green industry. Through the Garden Gate: North Rosedale & Moore Park Toronto’s largest tour of private gardens is organized by TBG and it celebrated 30 years of operation this year, showcasing 30 beautiful private gardens in the North RosedaleBennington Heights area. Hundreds of garden lovers joined the celebration. Music in the Garden Our free Edwards Summer Music Series in the Edwards Gardens courtyard showcased 10 musical artists with almost 6,000 in attendance. The series is generously supported by The Edwards Charitable Foundation. Celebrity Fan! Dr. Brian May, lead guitarist of the rock band Queen (with a PhD in astrophysics!), chose to celebrate his 70th birthday with a tour of the TBG.


Top left to right photos by: Maddie Maillet; Paul Zammit; Jenny Rhodenizer

Sustainability TBG made its building more wildlife-friendly by treating two large windows with DIY feather-friendly tape to make glass more visible to birds. In addition to our sustainable horticultural practices, TBG initiated a number of waste-diversion procedures and practices in 2017, including organic waste (green bin) collection, on-site composting of floral design waste, beyond-blue-bin recycling with Terracycle and staffed waste stations at all events. The Garden Gives Back This year, we were able to donate 120 lbs. of food to the North York Harvest Food Bank— 20 lb. from the Kitchen Garden and 100 lbs. from the Children’s Teaching Garden. Plant Trials: Roses Through a donation by Proven Winners and Sheridan Nurseries, we trialed 30 At Last (Rosa ‘HORCOGJIL’) landscape roses a year before they were available to the public. Adult Education Approximately 2,200 adults participated in 79 courses and one symposium this year. The most popular courses in adult education included Floral Design, Horticultural Therapy, Garden Design and Botanical Art. In November, the 2nd annual Ravine Symposium gathered together 150 ravine enthusiasts for talks, tours and networking.

“ THESE FOCUSED COURSES ARE VERY HELPFUL. LOTS OF IDEAS! WE WILL BE TAKING MORE OF THEM.” Children’s Education TBG’s March Break Camp ran at near capacity and our Summer Camp programs were sold out. Approximately 7,800 children participated in spring break and summer camps, sleepovers, school visits and more.


Children learning and engaging with nature in the Teaching Garden.

Thank You, 2017 Supporters! TORONTO BOTANICAL GARDEN GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE GENEROSITY of our donors, whose multi-year support of our mandate continues to help us achieve our long-term goals. Annual contributions from our valued corporations and foundations, from our members and through commemorative memorial plantings, are critical to sustaining our activities, programs, events and exhibitions. Woman to Woman: Lunch in the Garden Annual Signature Fundraiser This highly anticipated annual luncheon in the garden attracted a record crowd who enjoyed culinary delights, complimentary mini-spa services, the excitement of the Hat and Fascinator competition and a fabulous day in the garden. Our guests, sponsors and patrons joined their efforts to raise more than $140,000 in support of TBG’s education and horticultural programs. 2017 WOMAN TO WOMAN COMMITTEE Cynthia Webb, Committee Chair Anna Buchanan Gina Burton Lindsay Dale-Harris Sara D’Elia Kathy Dembroski Janet Greyson Sue Howe Penny Richards Laura Stewart

WE RECOGNIZE THE GENEROSITY OF THE 2017 WOMAN TO WOMAN MAJOR SPONSORS AND PATRONS Presenting Sponsor: TD Wealth 10tation Event Catering a la Carte Barque Events CF Shops at Don Mills Chair-man Mills Daniel et Daniel Eatertainment en Ville Event Rental Group Heathbridge Capital Management Ltd. KPMB Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association Laura Stewart Mercedes-Benz

Murale Quest Sheridan Nurseries Southbrook Vineyards SVP Media Ten Spot The Caterers The Printing House Yorkshire Pudding Catering HONORARY PATRON Kathy Dembroski PATRONS Alex Risen Alexandra MacDonald Andrew & Elaine M. Le Feuvre Barbara Beamish Barbara Keenan Barbara Yager Beth Currie Bousfields Inc. Connie Hunter Deborah Chant Denise Starritt

Elizabeth Lambert Ellen Carr Frances Price Gina Burton Harriet Walker Heather Gardiner Jane Humphreys Janet Greyson Joan Wright Joyce Johnson Judith Benson Judith Conacher KPMB Architects Marisa Bergagnini Marjorie Rogers Mary Nesbitt Mary Sinclair Mary Susanne Lamont Maureen Tingley Nancy Love Nancy Viner Patricia Dalton Paula Dill Penny Richards Sandra E. Munn Sarah Rothwell

Through the Garden Gate The 2017 Through the Garden Gate committee supported the event in celebration of 30 years of spectacular garden touring, along with our valued sponsors and partners. 2017 THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE COMMITTEE Honorary Chair: Mark Cullen Petra Donnelly, Scout Coordinator Barbara Evans, Scout Coordinator Denis Flanagan, Board Member 6|

Carol Gardner, Co-Chair Joanna Joyet, Garden Shop Alan Kling, Community Liaison Sue Montgomery, Member-at-Large Brigitte Richter, Co-Chair Frederika WinchellJubb, Homeowners Liaison

GARDEN DESCRIPTION WRITERS Lorraine Flanigan Carol Gardner Lorraine Hunter Sara Katz Ellen Novack Barbara Phillips-Conroy Aldona Satterthwaite Veronica Sliva

GARDEN SCOUTING TEAM Linda Attridge Jane Beck Pat Concessi Nancy Croil Lindsay Dale-Harris Donna de Boehmier Petra Donnelly, Scouting Manager Barbara Evans, Scouting Manager Maureen Hulbert

Georgie Kennedy Christine March Patty McKnight Lesli Musicar Ursula Nocon Bonita Parshuram Lisa Renner Elizabeth A. Stewart

SPECIAL THANKS TO Andre Tardif, SVP Media Flox on Danforth Kate’s Garden Plant World Sheridan Nurseries Summerhill Market TBG Garden Shop

SPONSORS & PARTNERS Presenting Sponsor: Mark’s Choice Bus Route Sponsor: Landscape Plus Garden Sponsor: Aldershot Landscape Contractors Education Partner: Toronto Master Gardener

Hearts & Flowers Annual Campaign The 2017 Hearts and Flowers Campaign engaged the enthusiasm and generosity of many TBG supporters, raising almost 10% in excess of its $170,000 goal. CORPORATIONS & FOUNDATIONS Alastair & Diana Gillespie Foundation Authentic Tree Care Inc. Benevity Causes CAA Insurance Company Civic Garden Centre Foundation Inc. Dalglish Family Foundation Donner Canadian Foundation Edwards Charitable Foundation Heathbridge Capital Management Limited Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation Howard and Diane Taylor Family Fund HSBC Bank Canada Jackman Foundation Kiwanis Club of Don Mills Kvantsoft Inc. Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association Martin Wade Landscape Architects Limited Milne House Garden Club Mycological Society of Toronto

North American Native Plant Society PriceWaterhouseCoopers RBC Foundation Sunflower Gardens SVP Media TD Bank Group TD Friends of the Environment Foundation TD Private Wealth Management The Cole Foundation The Composting Council of Canada The Garden Club of Toronto The Henry White Kinnear Foundation The Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto The Leonard and Gabryela Osin Foundation The McLean Foundation The S. Schulich Foundation The W. Garfield Weston Foundation The Willowool Foundation Thornhill Garden & Horticultural Society Tippet Foundation Yorkshire Garden Services Inc.

INDIVIDUAL DONORS Anita Ahrens Doreen Alexander Janet Alexander Debbie Allan Majda Ambrozic Wendy Angelo Mary Ann Ankenman Alexander Armstrong Virginia Atkins Georgina Atkinson Mary Audia Dianne Azzarello Carol Bairstow Phyllis Bassett Tim Bates Anne Bawden Barbara Beamish Donald Beard Brian Beattie Deborah Beatty Gail Bebee Dorothy Belfrey Dmitry Beniaminov Judith Benson Marisa Bergagnini Joan Berman Tim Bermingham Daryl Bessell

Deborah Cloakey Don Cockburn Elizabeth Cohen Doreen Colonello Muriel Comay Judith Conacher Pat Concessi Marsha Copp Geeske Cruicshank Mark and Mary Cullen Beth Currie Lindsay Dale-Harris Patricia Dalton Jo-An Davies Bryan Davis Janet Davis Sara D’Elia Rae Dellio George and Kathy Dembroski Nancy Dengler Leslie Derbecker Paula Dill Michael and Susan Dolbey Petra Donnelly Emily Dontsos Julie Dowbiggin Ruth Dunn

Margaret Betts Bonnie Beverley Susan Biensch Maureen and Brian Bixley Deborah Black Penny Blake-Petric Nancy Bone Mark Bonham Victoria Boukydis Linda Boyko Vlad Bregman Linda Brown Mary Brown Linda Burkitt Gina Burton Michele Bussieres Veronica Callinan Amanda Cameron Jane Campbell Joanne Campbell Bev Cape Denise Cargill Ellen Carr Dorothy and John Cartmell Roberta Cathcart Deborah Chant Cynthia Clarkson

Susan Eckenwalder Melissa Emerson Ellen Eyman Barbara Fairbanks Faranak Fakhkharian Joanne and Jeffrey Fallowfield Eileen Fawcett Rose Feikes Helen Feldman Sheri Ferdinand-Brugel George Fierheller C.M. Mary and Jim Fisher Robert Fisher Denis Flanagan Lorraine Flanigan Carolyn Ford Barbara Foster Lucie Frirdich Heather Fuller Kaitlynn Furse Carol Gardner Georgette Gerigs Derryn Gill Jay and Myint Gillespie Dianne Gillin Glynis Gilman Irene Gish |7

Louise and Mark Golding Rebecca Golding Diane Gore Mary Gore Marilyn Grant Trudy Grantham Joy Gray-Donald Janet and David Greyson Sara Griffiths Janet Gubersky Susan Gustavison James Harbell Carol Hardiing Gisela Hauer Naneve Hawke Tatmee Hee Peter and Eleanor Heinz Brandy Hermant Ann Hersch Lyn Hickey Barbara Hill Doreen Hilliard Janet Hogarth Sharon Holesh Denise Howe Maureen Hulbert Jane Humphreys Connie Hunter Lorraine Hunter Matsumoto Wendy Hutchinson Teresa Ierullo Hedi Jacob Mary Janigan Jane Jeffrey Faith Jenner Madeleine Joffe Joyce Johnson Mary Margaret Johnson Jean Johnston Keri Johnston Karen Jones Janet Karn Sara Katz Paul Ke Edgar Kea Barbara Keenan Esther Keltz Susan Kerney Sheila Kinross Brenda Kisic James Kitahara Irene Kitchell John and Mary Margaret Kot Anne Kotyk Cathy Kozma Susan Kretschmar Felice Lambermont Elizabeth Lambert Mary Susanne Lamont Margaret Lathwell Nancy Laurie Susanne Law Beverlee Lawson


Andrew and Elaine Le Feuvre Ha Lim Lee Anna Leggatt Joan Lenczner Don and Marjorie Lenz Mary LeQuoc Sheena Levitt Peter Lewis Marilyn Linghorne Susan Lipchak Gloria Lockyer Eleanor Loebel Gillian and Oliver Long Susan Loube Nancy Love Gail Low Joan and Jerry Lozinski Siri Luckow Susan Lumley Susan Macaulay Alexandra MacDonald Janette MacDonald Joanna MacDonald Melanie Macgregor Marion Magee Lee Magwood Blythe Malloy Michèle Mann Randy Manning Teresita Maquiso Daniel Marentic Edward Markwick Linda Martin Patricia Martin Susan Martin Pauline Martini Kathleen Matthews Deborah Maw Pam Mazza Blanca McArthur John McCord Jane Mcculloch Lisa McDonald Nancy McFadyen Ann McGuire John McKellar Joyce McKeough Patty McKnight Mundy McLaughlin Susan McLennan Emily Mcleod Robert McMillan Caroline McRobie Sheila Meadows Laurie Melbourne Jill Mercier Vaughn Miller Christine Mizon Joyce Moffat Jennifer Morgan Lynn Morgan Charles Moses Sandra Munn Uttara Munshi June Murdoch Joelle Murray Lesli Musicar

Mike Muzzatti Sheila Nasmith Mary and Deane Nesbitt Jan Neuman Janet Norris Ellen Novack Robin Oldham Lynne Ormrod Jean Orpwood Gail Ouellette Nina Overbury Myrna and David Pagan Marianna Pangman Marie-Eve Paquet Catherine Park Melanie Parker Bonita Parshuram Joan Patterson Lynne Patterson Ernest Payette Laura Payne Smith Linda Peacock Ian Pearson Catherine Peer Sandra Phipps Mary Jean Potter Tim and Frances Price Andrew Pruss Katherine Quan Gisele Quesnel-Oke Konrad Radacz Diana Ramage Catherine Rand Gwendolyn Rattle Tisch Reaney Joy Reddy Ellen Reid Michelle Reidel Rob and Penny Richards John Richmond Alexandra Risen Elizabeth Roberts Marjorie Rogers June Rossall Sarah Rothwell Janet Rowley Jorge Ruiz Margaret Runcie Marguerite Savidant Gino Scapillati Jacqueline Schmitt Vilma Scott Mary Sekeres Roy Sequeira Jiangao Shao Judy Shirriff Catherine Siddall Susan Sigrist Maureen Simpson Mary Sinclair Helen Skinner Loretta Skinner Carol Ann Slipetz Alice Smulders Jonathan So Elaine Solway

John Spears Margaret Spence Nancy C. Sprott Beverly Stager Lilian Starasts Leslie Starkman Barbara Stewart Crys Stewart Laura Stewart Ruthanne Stiles Irene Stokes Patricia Stone Lynda and Dean Summerville Nancy Sutherland Louise Sutton Jean Swagerman Ana Sztabinski Frances Telch Dorothea Thompson Sharon Thurston Mary Lou Tigert Jacqueline Tilford Lee Till Maureen Tingley Elizabeth Tory Claire Trepanier Connie Uetrecht Toshio UshiroguchiPigott Tena van Andel Michael Van Vlymen Natasha Vekris Nancy Viner Seema Viyaya Joy Waldie Harriet Walker Marg Walker Jian Wang Eleanor Ward Cynthia Webb Rosemary West Judy Whalen Carolyn Whiteside Pushpa Wickremasinghe (Wicks) Carole Willis Douglas Wilson Jean Wilson Mary Wilson Joan Winearls Brenda Wong Wendy Wong Debbie Woodhouse Jane Wright Joan Wright Annie Xie Hong Xu Barbara Yager Marino Zavarella Cecily Ziliotto

Photo: Janet Davis

Statement of Operations FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2017 REVENUE Donations, grants and events Rental income Retails operations Education Membership Other

2017 2016 $1,058,172 $762,333 441,503 578,554 522,463 478,738 310,651 311,762 83,656 70.731 150,256 182,243

Total Revenue


EXPENSES Program services Fundraising General administration

2017 2016 $1,567,172 $1,512,132 201,253 201,600 797,741 669,220

Total Expenses




Excess of revenue over expenses for the year before under-noted items $4,414 $1,409 Amortization of deferred contributions (Note 2.) 337,741 437,502 Amortization of leasehold improvements (337,741) (437,502) Net surplus (deficit) at end of year

$4,414 $1,409

NOTES 1. The above Statement of Operations provides a summary of the TBG financial activity for 2016 and 2017. Financial statements for the 2017 fiscal year (January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017) were audited by Rosenswig, McRae Thorpe LLP. 2. Deferred contributions relate to the excess revenues over expenditures received for the revitalization of the building and grounds located at 777 Lawrence Avenue East. Deferred contributions are amortized into revenue on the same basis as the amortization related to the leasehold improvements.

41+17+201336 61+8+31 REVENUE

Dontations, grants and events Rental income Retails operations Education Membership Other


Program services Fundraising General Administration

TBG continues to raise awareness about the importance of planting for and attracting pollinators to the garden. Photo: Paul Zammit

TBG by the Numbers 2017 CONNECTING PEOPLE TO NATURE BY INSPIRING AND EDUCATING THE CITY. More than 2,000 households hold Toronto Botanical Garden annual memberships 475 volunteers contributed 18,000 hours 250,000 people visited the garden 3,857 accessions, representing 2,604 taxa (species and cultivars) from 117 plant families 7,800 children participated in spring break and summer camps, sleepovers, school visits and more 2,200 adults participated in 79 courses and 1 symposium 42 people graduated from Horticultural Therapy, Floral Design and Garden Design programs 5,500 people used the TBG Weston Family Library 720 people participated in 72 free tours at TBG and the Music Garden 59 paid tours took place at TBG and Edwards Gardens, the Music Garden and Allan Gardens 395 visitors used the new GrowIt! app between its June launch and December 2017 Social enterprise highlights: retail shop sales exceeded $500,000; the May Plant Sale enjoyed record attendance and sales exceeded $80,000; and the Holiday Open House event in November saw one-day sales exceed $18,000. Over 200 clients held a combined 581 celebration, education and business activity events at TBG with revenues generated contributing to TBG’s program delivery.


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Photo: Paul Zammit

TBG is viewed as a reflective space to celebrate the life of a loved one with a memorial planting, with proceeds supporting the garden— in 2017, memorial donations achieved 300% of their target.

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