TBG Annual Report 2018

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Annual Report 2018




BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018.19 Gino Scapillati | PRESIDENT & CHAIR Cover Photo Credit: Edward’s Garden Center | Photo Credit: @mangasihang

Paula Dill | VICE PRESIDENT Cynthia Webb | VICE PRESIDENT Barbara Yager | TREASURER Sara D’Elia Elizabeth Esson Denis Flanigan Catherine Meade Penny Richards Alexandra Risen Wendy Thompson Joy Gray-Donald | EX OFFICIO Cathy Kozma | EX OFFICIO Irene Stokes | EX OFFICIO



n 2018, Toronto Botanical Garden

and our community profile, the

embarked upon the early stages

associated costs weighed

of its exciting transformation. In

significantly on TBG’s developing

April, Toronto City Council officially

revenue streams. Although regular

approved the proposal to create

ongoing costs were maintained

a unified and globally-acclaimed

at levels comparable to previous

botanical garden. This expansion

years, the additional investments

project will encompass the current

and expenditures resulted in an

TBG footprint and the adjacent

operating loss of $597,000 in

31-acre property known as Edwards

2018. After isolating the effects of

Gardens. This past year TBG

these non-recurring charges, TBG

undertook steps in preparing for

maintained a close to break-even

organizational growth. In addition,

result similar to each of the past

TBG maintained its high level of core

five years.

programs in the areas of education and horticultural display along

Looking forward, there are several

On behalf of the Board, I thank

with its revenue-generating activities

new revenue sources that will begin

our staff for their tremendous

in retail, facility rentals, special

as early as 2019/2020 including:

dedication, passion and hard

events and development.

• Increased rental income from

Over and above our regular

new outdoor event spaces in

operations, TBG made

Edwards Gardens.

significant investments and

• The implementation of paid

expenditures in the following areas:

parking for non-members.

• Advancing our financial systems with best practices for accurate tracking, reporting and analysis. • Contracting external partners to drive organizational profile and improvements and to build community engagement. • Recruiting additional talent. • Standardizing agreements,

• Increased levels of sponsorship and ticket sales for our flagship events, the Blossom Party and Mark’s Choice Through the Garden Gate.

and I thank our cherished donors who support the garden, both in terms of our current operations as well as our inspiring vision for the future. We are grateful to be on this journey with all of you, as we build a world-class botanical garden together for the City of Toronto.

exhibitions and events in the garden similar to the 2018 ZimSculpt exhibition.


All our strategic decisions,


operations and financial results


While these incremental

continue to move forward with

foundational expenditures

ongoing sound governance

strengthened our organization

provided by the Board of Directors.

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who give their time and expertise;

• Hosting larger-scale

partnerships and human resource policies.

work; I thank the many volunteers

2019-06-18 12:25 PM

Preparing For The Garden Expansion MESSAGE FROM THE GARDEN DIRECTOR

The Year in Review

Photo Credit: Paul Chmielowiec

then getting the expanded garden Edwards Gardens at its April 25, built. The process of expansion will 2018 Council meeting. We can all be measured, perhaps taking feel a sense of pride that a small Expansion Project longer to complete than it took non-profit—with board, staff, Toronto Botanical Garden reached several important milestones in 2017, to get permission. But with a member, volunteer, donor, partner in pursuit of its plans to expand by a further 30 acres: and stakeholder support—managed beautiful and mature landscape to expand into, the results will convince our civic leaders that Our partnership potentialto was incorporated into the City ofour Toronto’s be immediate. city needsasaan world-class botanical Ravine Strategy: TBG is positioned early deliverable of the strategy, garden. Not just that we want one, in providing a “natural, connected sanctuary essential for the health and A gardener’s patience will be but that Toronto needs one! well-being of the city.” required of our eager supporters, as well as the continued support Ourand relationship withPlan theStudy City is The City-funded Master Plan Management was completed of the wider horticultural and a partnership, and there are still with the support of TBG staff, including hosting three public consultation cultural community. We are very agreements to be negotiated and events and a design charrette with stakeholders. fortunate to have had such patient signed, but we have mutual respect A campaign feasibility study was also completed to assess the community’s and resolute supporters for TBG’s for the talents and resources each capacity for joining the government’s for the plan. vision. A big thank you partner bringssupport to the table. A expansion phased expansion e finally got the green light! approach to expansion will allow each to all who played a part in Organizational capacity was enhanced to strengthen business strategy It took four-and-a-half 2018’s success. partner to prepare for the coming leading to sustained organizational growth. years of engagement, advocacy, changes. 2018 was just the start. planning and perseverance but We ended 2017 with a consensus that a world-class botanical garden our vision to grow wasbygiven Our next steps include could beTBG created combining the landscapes of TBGcompleting and Edwards Gardens City approval for our oversight of Harry Jongerden detailed designs, seeking private under an effective TBG/City partnership. the combined 35-acres of TBG and and public funding support and GARDEN DIRECTOR


Master Plan

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


Photo Credit: Arthur Mola


Photo Credit: Paul Zammit



Two of TBG’s popular horticultural events, Get the Jump on Spring and Seedy Saturday were combined on February 17, 2018 to make a large, free function which brought in 1,200 participants, 30 vendors and 28 exhibitors. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

An active group of 40 garden volunteers, including many returning faces, supported ongoing maintenance of the garden three days a week. Continued management of aggressive weeds on the property was a priority along with reworking some needed sections of the garden.

Once again the TBG booth at Canada Blooms received very positive feedback regarding the display and retail space while continuing to raise awareness of the TBG brand, build on membership and support retail. 700 email addresses were offered to us at the show through the free garden kit contest. Overall transactions were up by 10 per cent resulting in a 9.7 per cent increase in sales over 2017. 75 children participated in TBG’s week-long March Break Nature Camp.

atmosphere were enhanced by the new infusion of artistic performances and the interactive Garden Spa features. TBG was highlighted in the weekly Ontario Spring Blooms Report produced by Destination Ontario, posted on ontariotravel.net from early April to early June. This report is designed to help visitors and residents discover the best of Ontario’s spring blossoms: what’s blooming and where, local events, driving tours and more! Mark’s Choice Through the Garden Gate, TBG’s 31st annual tour of private gardens took place in the Windfields Estate neighbourhood with TBG as tour headquarters. 19 curated gardens were featured on June 9 and 10, 2018 with more than 1,250 people attending.

The 2018 Plant Sale revenue was up 7.4 per cent over 2017 while providing another fun and exciting day for members and garden lovers. Stefan Weber from St. Williams Nursery was once again on hand to staff the native plant tables for two of the four days of the event. On May 29, 2018, more than 200 guests attended the Blossom Party, the signature TBG’s spring fundraiser formerly known as the Woman to Woman lunch in the garden. The fashionable crowd, the fabulous hats and the party

Photo Credit: SVP Media

Photo Credt: Paul Zammit

260 people attended two lectures to learn about high-tech plant conservation and no-fuss perennials and design at the University of Guelph.

TBG horticulture outreach continued with presentations delivered both locally and internationally (in the US and South Africa).

Photo Credit: SVP Media

To expand our local brand presence, seasonal window displays were featured in one of the storefronts beside the cinema at CF Shops at Don Mills.

Surveying of the magnolia collection in Edwards Gardens continued.

Photo Credit: Tom Sandler



Photo Credt: Sarkari | Instagram @saroshism

Photo Credit: Arthur Mola

TBG delivered three spring lectures, including one by world-renowned horticulturist and Great Dixter Head Gardener Fergus Garrett. More than 600 people attended these events.

Photo Credit: Chandru Mailvaganam

TBG Staff were featured in a number of CBC programs starting in spring through to the end of summer. TBG Head Gardener Sandra Pella was heard in a number of radio spots. Director of Horticulture Paul Zammit was heard live on-air as part of a weekly gardening column on CBC Radio One’s Here and Now with Gill Dean, through to September. Listeners FLEURS DE VILLES were invited to call in and ‘Ask2018 PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES IN-CENTRE INSTALLATIONS Paul’ about their gardening FLORAL MANNEQUIN SERIES questions and dilemmas. A new podcast was created in 2018. CBC’s weekend Fresh Air and Ontario Today’s lunch hour programs also occasionally featured Paul.

SUMMER TBG hosted its first outdoor art exhibition in the garden. ZimSculpt, a world-renowned travelling exhibition featured hundreds of hand-carved stone sculptures by contemporary Zimbabwean artists. Two artists-in-residence demonstrated their craft daily to visitors while working on new pieces to add to the display. ZimSculpt offered visitors an opportunity to experience art and understand the world in new ways within the backdrop of a living museum. The exhibition attracted many new and repeat visitors to the garden as well as receiving widespread media coverage including the Toronto Star, CTV News and Breakfast Television. The horticulture team provided the necessary staff hours (and people power) to ensure the installation of the beautiful Zim sculptures throughout the garden.

Some 400 people participated in our free Earth Day Celebration on April 21. Children and accompanying adults planted the Teaching Garden, created nature crafts, listened to nature-themed stories, toured the ravine and made nutritious drinks on blender bikes.

A new partnership was established with Fleurs de Villes, a bespoke for mannequins exhibition which toured Canada. TBG’s floral mannequin was featured at the Vaughan Mills exhibit in April and one of the floral mannequins was showcased at the TBG Blossom Party. TBG built a ravine discovery cart to educate visitors on the flora, fauna and challenges of Wilket Creek Ravine and trained 15 volunteers to deliver cart programming. The cart was used at 15 TBG events and explored by some 400 people.

The TBG Member ranks grew in number, surpassing 2,000 member households in 2018. Member benefits, spanning the gamut of TBG program offerings, were enhanced throughout the year, with marquee speakers in the TBG Lectures, such as Great Dixter’s gardening guru Fergus Garrett; extended member-only invitations to special events, such as an the evening with the curator organized in conjunction with the African art exhibit ZimSculpt; exclusive access to a new members-only Holiday Open House VIP area, and the official launch party for Mark and Ben Cullen’s latest book.

A new trial was set up with a select group of volunteers to manage the kitchen garden which resulted in an additional 250 pounds of food donated to the North York Harvest Food Bank.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Niblett

Photo Credit: Fleurs de Villes

Head Gardener Sandra Pella was featured on BBC’s The Conversations, a program about how women are shaping the world today. The segment featured two female head gardeners who are challenging the idea that gardening is a hobby for women but a career for men.


Photo Credt: Arthur Mola

Director of Education Colleen Cirillo along with our young campers were featured on CTV News at Noon during their “Kick off to Summer Camps Week.” This one-hour live program hosted by Anwar Knight featured the “Wild in the City” nature camp where the children learn about vermicompost, animal habitat, chasing butterflies and exploring the wonders of nature.

Edwards Summer Music Series featured eight concerts in the garden curated by Hit and Run Dance Productions and hosted by Jaymz Bee, where record attendance levels were reached. This music series significantly heightened the profile of TBG. The music series nearly tripled numbers, with approximately 5,830 audience attendees. This year’s programming encouraged audience participation from an entertaining group salsa lesson to African dance beats.

Toronto Life’s colourful midsummer Garden Party drew a sellout crowd for the fourth year. Guests were given a sneak preview of ZimSculpt, enjoyed the musical stylings of Toronto-based artist TiKA and enjoyed private tours of the garden.

Photo Credit: Jack Fei | Instagram @kehuifei

Photo Credit: Paul Zammit

Photo Credit: Sandra Pella

The garden was a selected test site for a native bee study through the University of Toronto.

Photo Credit: Chandru Mailvaganam

A total of 320 children attended TBG summer nature camps including two fully-funded camps for vulnerable segments of Toronto’s population.

The events and rentals/sales teams were repositioned to support an organization-wide approach incorporating best practices such as event tool kit/templates, sales strategy with marketing materials and strong operating policies.

Photo Credit: Ryan Emberley

Photo Credit: Arthur Mola


A new Employee Handbook was rolled out to enable a supportive workplace and high performing teams. The Growit app was used by 390 people in 2018, with spring and summer being the busiest times. The GrowIt Mobile tour was expanded to include two new garden areas in Edwards Gardens: The North Lawn and The Greensward. New beacons were installed in the beds. Through the mobile tour, TBG is now able to start providing interpretation in Edwards Gardens. The tour was also augmented this year to include the ZimSculpt pieces.

The horticulture team planted 23,000 spring flowering bulbs throughout the garden (many of which were generously donated). Some maintenance and surveying of the existing plant material in the parking lot was started in the fall in anticipation of the horticulture team taking on this area in the coming spring. Research and planning for new plantings were carried out through the winter.

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Photo Credit: Dustin Parchment | Instagram @halfpastblack

Photo Credit: SVP Media

TBG continued its outreach connecting to a wider volunteer demographic including a presence at a number of volunteer fairs. Volunteer Toronto Youth Expo in October garnered 120 names of youth keen to get involved with the garden.

TBG Holiday Market enjoyed record attendance and featured over 35 local crafts people including the Garden Club of Toronto and Milne House members offering eco-friendly, botanical and nature-inspired items. Visitors donated more than 250 pounds of non-perishable items to the North York Harvest Food Bank. TBG members enjoyed access to a special VIP lounge during the day to rest, relax and recharge.

Photo Credit: Chandru Mailvaganam

Photo Credit: Arthur Mola

Toronto Botanical Garden in partnership with Toronto Ravine Study Group officially released the findings from a major study, Toronto Ravines Study 1977 to 2017: Long-term Changes in the Biodiversity and Ecological Integrity of Toronto’s Ravines. Garden Director Harry Jongerden along with the study co-author Paul Scrivener connected with members of the media in the Wilket Creek Ravine to discuss the impact of invasive plant species, erosion and flooding on our ravines and what steps need to be taken to restore biodiversity and wildlife habitat. Media coverage highlights included CP24, CBC Metro Morning, The Guardian and the Toronto Star.

TBG hosted special guest Dominic Benhura from September 7 to 16, 2018, as part of the ZimSculpt exhibition. Dominic is an internationally-acclaimed Zimbabwean sculptor whose work has been exhibited around the world and resides in numerous private and public collections including the Nelson Mandela Foundation, United Nations and UNICEF. For one week, an additional exhibition of 40 of his sculptures was on display in the garden. During his stay, Dominic was in the garden daily, interacting and speaking with visitors about his work.

Photo Credit: Donni Li | Instagram @donnnnnie

The TBG Garden Shop sales saw an overall 4 per cent increase in total sales and a 7 per cent increase in the average sale.

In November, 140 eco-minded individuals and industry professionals attended TBG’s Ravine Symposium: Explore, Restore and Celebrate. Through informative talks and displays, passionate discussions and the cementing of commitments and partnerships, this annual event contributes greatly to the growing enthusiasm and expertise for urban ravine restoration.

Some 350 people participated in our free Harvest Day Celebration on September 22. Children and accompanying adults harvested the Teaching Garden, created nature crafts, listened to nature-themed stories, toured the ravine and made nutritious drinks on blender bikes. Over 280 pounds of vegetables were donated to a local food bank, contributing greatly to the overall total of 320 pounds donated for the year.

Some 200 people attended two lectures to learn about ethnobotany on the West Coast and the role of botanical gardens in plant conservation. As with all development activities implemented in 2018, the garden expansion vision infused the Hearts and Flowers Campaign with enthusiasm and a new purpose: to build a funding launch pad to support the TBG’s growth strategy. The campaign raised close to $200,000 to strengthen the infrastructure of the TBG across the board, with the ultimate goal of improving financial resilience; securing systems and tools to enable TBG to succeed as a cultural institution; and developing programs to educate and inspire more people through their connection to nature. Our donors’ generosity was matched by their enthusiasm for TBG’s promising future and for the work involved in making the expanded garden a reality.

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4,527 Photo Credit: Paul Zammit

plants, representing

2,610 taxa (species and cultivars) from


Photo Credit: Mark Cullen and Ben Cullen

TBG BY THE 5,830 people attended eight free concerts in the garden.

plant families.

4 per cent increase in sales.

people attended the Holiday Open House in November which featured over

35 vendors and the shop had its most profitable day of sales.

Photo Credit: Arthur Mola

7 per cent increase in the average sale and an overall


Photo Credt: Instagram @trishaloohoo

The garden shop sales saw a



Photo Credit: SVP Media

106 courses and one symposium.

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volunteers contributed

18,500 hours.

Photo Credit: Broti Kar


More than

households now hold Toronto Botanical Garden annual memberships.

children participated in spring break and summer camps, sleepovers, school visits and more.

Photo Credit: Paul Zammit

adults participated in


purchased during the course of the exhibition along with

clients held



events at the TBG including wedding receptions, film crew lunches, corporate and horticultural meetings, plant sales, the first winter concert Christmas with Rose Colella and more.*

sales transactions processed through The Marketplace.




sculptures were donated to the TBG by The Schulich Foundation.

Photo Credt: Instagram @trishaloohoo

visitors used the GrowIt! app.


people participated in 98 tours at TBG and the Toronto Music Garden, and

1,500 390

paid tours took place at TBG and Edwards Gardens, the Music Garden and Allan Gardens.


Photo Credit: Broti Kar

Photo Credit: Koreandeli Joycook

Photo Credit: Vivienne Croisette

people visited the garden.

people participated in 55 ravine tours —new in 2018.

42 people graduated from Horticultural Therapy, Floral Design and Garden Design programs.

Photo Credt: Instagram @semslife

Photo Credit: Ryan Emberley



people used the TBG Weston Family Library.

Photo Credt: Mark Stewart

215 sculptures were on display in the gardens during ZimSculpt with

Photo Credit: @sharfaa.b


*Revenue generated from facility sales is a significant contributor to TBG’s operating budget.

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THANK YOU, 2018 SUPPORTERS! TORONTO BOTANICAL GARDEN GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE GENEROSITY of our donors whose support of the TBG’s mandate continues to help us achieve our long-term goals. Annual contributions from our valued corporations and foundations, and from our members are critical to sustaining our activities, programs, events and exhibitions. Throughout TBG’s history, donors’ contributions have been instrumental in accomplishing important organizational goals and in sustaining the provision of education programs and activities to the community. TBG’s donors are truly our partners in the operations of Toronto’s own botanical garden. The following list recognizes our supporters’ generous contributions to our annual giving programs.

TBG enjoys the lasting friendship of individuals who provide their generous financial and other support to TBG’s special projects and major needs. In 2018 their generosity enabled the development of the organization beyond the annual goals. We wish to recognize their visionary support:

$50,000+ Susan Loube and Bill Acton The Edwards Charitable Foundation The Schulich Foundation $25,000-$49,999 The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Raymond and Sachi Moriyama $10,000-$24,999 The McLean Foundation HSBC Bank of Canada The Civic Garden Centre Foundation The Donner Canadian Foundation The Leonard and Gabryela Osin Foundation Nancy Love

Sustainable.TO Patrick and Barbara Keenan Foundation $5,000-$9,999 TD Friends of the Environment Foundation RBC Blue Water The Helen McRae Peacock Foundation Aldershot Landscape Contractors Up to $2,500 The Patterson and Patricia Hume Foundation The Jackman Foundation TD Bank Group CAA Insurance PwC


$500 to $999

Up to $500

Anne Arrell Dianne Azzarello Janet and Douglas Davis Sara D’Elia Mike and Susan Dolbey Geoffrey and Susan Dyer Elizabeth Esson Gail Farquharson Rose Feikes Mary and Jim Fisher Irene Gish Louise and Mark Golding Rebecca Golding Mary and Bob Gore Connie Hunter Lorraine Hunter Matsumoto Joyce Johnson Susan Lipchak Charles Moses Jan Neuman Gwendolyn Rattle Alexandra Risen The Henry White Kinnear Foundation Wendy Thompson Cynthia Webb Barbara Yager

Gordon Ashworth Anne Bawden Marisa Bergagnini Linda Boyko and Jens Carl Ellen and Brian Carr Bryan Davis Nancy Dengler Petra Donnelly Etobicoke Horticultural Society Barbara Fairbanks Jennifer Ferguson Julie and Beresford Forbes Lucie Frirdich Harry Jongerden and Verna Lester Brenda Kisic Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association Susan Macaulay Linda Martin Caroline McRobie Sandra Phipps Mary Jean Potter Vilma Scott Helen Skinner John and Ellen Spears Irene V. Stokes Dean and Lynda Summerville

Hélène Asselbergs Georgina Atkinson Tom & Linda Atkinson Winifred Barclay Phyllis Bassett Brian Beattie Deborah Beatty Deborah Black Magdalena Bracer Margaret Buchinger Graham Burkitt Michele Bussieres John Carroll Paul Casey Cynthia Clarkson Muriel Comay Eloise Crabtree Carmichael Brenda Currie Sayeh Dastgheib-Beheshti Suzanne Drinkwater Ruth Dunn Ann Elliott Linda Fischer Denis Flanagan Diane Gooderham Trudy Grantham Marianne (Ray) Greene Sara Griffiths

GARDEN PATRONS Mary and Mark Cullen O.C. Lindsay Dale-Harris and Rupert Field-Marsham Kathy and George Dembroski Susan and Geoffrey Dyer Frances and Timothy Price Penny and Rob Richards

We also acknowledge the invaluable contribution of the following individuals, charitable foundations and corporate partners whose gifts enable the TBG to remain a relevant and vibrant cultural centre for all to enjoy:


$20,000+ Frances and Timothy Price

$10,000 to $19,999 Alastair and Diana Gillespie Foundation George Fierheller Patricia Martin The Willowool Foundation

$5,000 to $9,999 Howard and Diane Taylor Family Fund at Toronto Foundation Andrew and Elaine Le Feuvre Middlefield Charitable Foundation Penny and Rob Richards Gino and Roberta Scapillati Jane and Donald Wright Joan and Bob Wright

$2,500 to $4,999 Marsha Copp Joy Gray-Donald Peter and Eleanor Heinz Mary and Deane Nesbitt

Patricia Harris Lyn Hickey Elaine Hill Diana Hillman Janet Hogarth Maureen Hulbert Jean Hunnisett Wendy Hutchinson Khan Iqbal Faith Jenner Madeleine Joffe Janet Karn Sara Katz Michael Kekewich Georgie Kennedy Amy Khan Sheila Kinross Brenda Kisic Anne Kotyk Cathy Kozma Beverlee Lawson Claude Le Menach Nancy Christine Leclerc Mary LeQuoc Sheena Levitt Marilyn Linghorne Trevor Lloyd Eleanor and Peter Loebel Oliver Long Gail Low Siri Luckow Laurie MacLachlan Marion MacLeod Marion Magee Michele Mann Susan Martin Jane Mcculloch Nancy McFadyen Ann McGuire Patty McKnight Susan McLennan Catherine Meade Liga Miklasevics Virginia Milarchuk Barbara Morris Lesli Musicar Robin Oldham Gary Opolsky Gail Ouellette Myrna Pagan Marianna Pangman Catherine Park Melanie Parker Joan Patterson Margaret Phipps Gisele Quesnel-Oke Konrad Radacz Catherine Rand Wendy Rebanks Joy Reddy

June Rossall Olga Sandilands Marguerite Savidant Paul Scrivener Shedia Serrao Fredericks Judy Shirriff Carrie Simon Maureen Simpson Loretta Skinner M Sorg Margaret (Peg) Spence Beverly Stager Elizabeth Stewart Patricia Stone Nancy Sutherland Ana Sztabinski Frances Telch Sheila Thomson Mary Lou Tigert Lee Till Elizabeth Tory Connie Uetrecht Toshio Ushiroguchi-Pigott Michael Van Vlymen Natasha Vekris Joy Waldie Germaine Warkentin Judy Weeks Carole Willis Joan Winearls Brenda Wong Nicholas Woodbridge

BLOSSOM PARTY 2018 Sponsors TD Wealth Management Heathbridge Capital Management Ltd. Landscape Plus Ltd. The Printing House Mercedes-Benz Midtown Mosaic In-Kind Contributors 10tation Adventure Canada à la Carte Kitchen Inc. Apricot Flowers Barque Events CF Shops at Don Mills Chair-man Mills DMF DT Floral and Décor Daniel et Daniel Catering & Events Eatertainment Events and Catering EnVille Event Design and Catering Encore Catering Fete Boutique Floral & Events

Florigens Design Fresh Floral Creations Garden Club of Toronto Horticultural Design Inc. Jackie O Jasmine Flowers L-eat Catering Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association Mindham Fine Jewellery Murale Parterre Flowers Passion Flowers SVP Media Saje Savory Thymes Seedlip Southbrook Stuart Service Summerhill Market The Ten Spot Toronto Life Yorkshire Pudding Catering

MARK’S CHOICE THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE Mark’s Choice Landscape Plus Ltd. Mercedes-Benz Midtown

CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS Director’s Circle Member

$2,500 to $4,999 Myint and Jay Gillespie Benefactor

$1,000 to $2,499 Gail Farquharson Mary and Bob Gore Marjorie Lenz Sustaining

$500 to $999 Jennifer Ferguson Carol Gardner Brenda Kisic Jean Kitchen Mary Margaret Kot Janette MacDonald Lynne Patterson Gwendolyn Rattle

$100 to $499

Ute Durrell Mary and Jim Fisher Helen Georgopoulos Bayla Gross James Harbell Sylvia Jones Susan Kerney Francis Lee Anna Leggatt Alessandra Leopardi Gillian and Oliver Long Steven Lumb Nancy McFadyen Deborah McPhedran June Murdoch Louisa Newbury Eva Nightingale Ian and Lynne Ormrod Bonita Parshuram Joan Patterson Jane Patterson Molly Pellecchia Katherine Quan Ellen Reid Margaret Runcie Marguerite Savidant Catherine Siddall Helen Silverstein Lisa Van Camp Marion Warburton Lindsay Drake Nightingale Brian Bixley Majda Ambrozic Gail Bebee Elizabeth Bolton Gisele Quesnel-Oke Carol Bairstow Margaret Bennet-Alder Joanne and Jeffrey Fallowfield Valerie Grant Susan Gustavison Barbara Foster Tenny Nigoghossian Marilyn Pilkington Ruthanne Stiles John and Dorothy Cartmell Malcolm Geast

Above-noted recognition is given for gifts received between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

Wayne Barker Blair Bishop Janeen Bowes Linda Boyko Marion Cashman Jane Corbett Rene Coxworthy

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Statement of Operations FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2018 (Reported in thousands of dollars) 2018






Donations, grants and events Rental income Retail operations Education Membership Other Expansion project

$1,026 462 574 230 85 41 -


$1,026 462 574 230 85 41 191

$1,058 442 522 311 84 154 -

Total Revenue





1,487 812 297 178 161 58 22

72 191 -

1,559 812 297 178 161 58 191 22

1,522 457 330 121 13 99 24






















EXPENDITURES Salaries and benefits Other operating costs Retail Education and tours Professional fees Systems Expansion project Amortization Total Expenditures Excess of expenditures over revenues for the year before under-noted items Amortization of deferred contributions (Note 2) Amortization of leasehold improvements INCOME (LOSS) FOR THE YEAR

NOTES 1. The above Statement of Operations provides a summary of the TBG financial activity for 2017 and 2018. Financial statements for each year (January 1 to December 31) 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.

2018 Operating Results ADJUSTED FOR INVESTMENTS AND NON-RECURRING EXPENDITURES (Reported in thousands of dollars) While these incremental foundational expenditures strengthened our organization and our community profile, the associated costs weighed significantly on TBG’s developing revenue streams. Although regular ongoing costs were maintained at levels comparable to previous years, the additional investments and expenditures resulted in an operating loss of $597 thousand in 2018. After isolating the effects of these non-recurring charges, TBG maintained a close to break-even result similar to each of the past five years. 2018 OPERATING LOSS (As reported in detail in the accompanying statement of operations)









Financial system upgrades and enhancements


Legal fees in developing human resource policies, standardized operating contracts and various specific areas of legal benefit




Special event marketing and program costs to heighten TBG’s profile and visitor numbers




Employee talent search fees, severances, temporary supplements or expansion-related












5 Year Financial History (Reported in thousands of dollars)

Revenue Expenditures Adjustment for items noted above ADJUSTED INCOME (LOSS) FOR THE YEAR






















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