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  • Tall purple flowers lean out of a garden on tall stalks, bending towards the path that leads to the Centre for Urban Ecology.
  • In a sea of tall golden flowers, a bee sits on one, collecting pollen,
  • A Black swallowtail butterfly has landed on a tall purple flower. A bed of white and purple blooms is visible behind the helpful pollinator.

Gardens of the Humber Arboretum

The Humber Arboretum is well known for its horticulture and landscape design, exemplified by its beautiful gardens. From the main entrance, follow curving paths around ponds, over bridges, and past stunning wood and stone structures to discover the themed gardens and beds of the Humber Arboretum.

Visit throughout the year to enjoy the ever-changing scenery, such as:

  • Striking displays of annuals and perennials; 20,000 flowering annuals are planted on a yearly basis and notable perennials include peony, daylily, hosta, daisy, and echinacea.
  • A bulb collection including crocus, galanthus, scilla, muscari, allium, narcissus, and tulipa.
  • A large collection of spring flowering trees and shrubs including magnolia, dogwood, redbud, crabapple, cherry, rhododendron, lilac, and viburnum.
  • Other seasonal highlights such as the summer cacti garden, dramatic autumn colours, and delightful winter landscapes.

Cherry tomatoes grow on the vine

Humber Food Learning Garden

Created in partnership with Humber College's Centre of Innovation in Health & Wellness, the HFLG is a place for students and community members to learn about sustainable urban agriculture, local food security, and how to grow and harvest their own fresh, healthy food. 

A monarch sits on butterfly weed

Native Pollinator Demonstration Garden

Located right outside the doors of the Centre for Urban Ecology, this garden features native plants that attract and support pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths, flies, ants, beetles, and hummingbirds. Learn about the CUE Pollinator Garden and get tips on how to design your own.

bird garden

Tranquility Bird Garden

Learn to turn your garden into a beautiful bird habitat. Created in partnership with Bird Studies Canada, the Humber Arboretum’s Tranquility Bird Garden demonstrates how to successfully plan, create, and maintain gardens that support thriving populations of birds, butterflies and other native wildlife.

all america selections

All-America Selections Display Gardens

The Humber Arboretum is an official All-America Selections Display Garden, showcasing some of the flowers and edibles which this non-profit organization has deemed to be the best-performing new plant varieties from across North America.

rising moon

The Garden of the Rising Moon

Inspired by the enchantment of twilight, the ponds, waterfall, and evening-themed colours of the Garden of the Rising Moon make it a favourite spot for photography. It is one of the many projects in the Humber Arboretum created with the help of Humber College landscaping and horticultural students. 

A cactus sits in front of the Humber Arboretum welcome sign

Cacti Garden

The many cacti making up this sharp-looking seasonal garden are moved to the greenhouse for the winter and carefully replanted once the weather warms up again in the spring. If the time of year is right, you can visit the Cacti Garden right at the main entrance to the Arboretum.