James Gardens

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James Gardens
James Gardens is located in Toronto
James Gardens
Location of the gardens in Toronto
Type Botanical garden
Location Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°40′17″N 79°30′48″W / 43.67146°N 79.51346°W / 43.67146; -79.51346Coordinates: 43°40′17″N 79°30′48″W / 43.67146°N 79.51346°W / 43.67146; -79.51346
Area 21 acres (8.5 ha)
Created 1955 (1955)
Operated by Toronto Parks
Website James Garden Park

James Gardens is a botanical garden in Etobicoke area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada along the Humber River. It was the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Fred T. James. In 1908, Fred James purchased the property from his wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rumney, as well as the adjoining land from the Home Smith Company. This purchase totalled 21 acres (8.5 ha) of hills, valleys, virgin forest, and bush meadow land on the west side of the Humber River in the area then part of Etobicoke.



James Gardens consists of broad lawns, numerous flower beds, specimen plantings, rock gardens, nature trails, three large and four small ponds fed by a spring and connected by a stream, a carp pool, and a lawn bowling court. It is connected to the Humber River pedestrian and cycling trail.

Each year thousands of flowers and over 75,000 tulips are planted in the beds, whose designs and materials are changed annually in the rock gardens and under the well-pruned trees and shrubs. Each year, there are tens of thousands of visitors, and many weddings and receptions are held on the grounds of James Gardens.

CBC Television shot scenes at James Gardens for the program "This is the Law", with Paul Soles.

The former mayor of Toronto as of June 2012, Rob Ford, lived near the entrance of the park; he was unsuccessful in buying a segment from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.[1]



The James family lived in a house situated on the top west corner of the estate at Edgehill Road. Preserved to this day, it is a two-story, red-gabled house built of Humber River stone. The building is now occupied by the Toronto Hunters and Anglers Association and the Etobicoke Historical Society. The horse stables were located below the house where the northwest stairs are now. Part of the original wall can still be seen. Various horseshoes, nails and coins have been found in the flower beds.

The park was purchased by Metro Toronto for $150,000 in 1955 and subsequent operated by its Parks Department.


  1. ^ Dale, Daniel (2 May 2013). "Mayor Rob Ford wants to buy piece of Etobicoke park to build security fence". Toronto Star. Toronto ON. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 

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