The sprawling Toronto Botanical Garden comes to life in the Westview Terrace as it connects the gardens to the building’s interior, thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows. It basically blurred the lines between indoors and outdoors. There’s also a Water Channel and Waterfall that soften the overall image of the paved courtyard.
From the northern edge of the terrace near the waterfall, you can see the Green Roof.
• The garden’s alkaline soil has a pH higher than 7.0. It is also rich in calcium. Plants to be used in alkaline soil must be carefully chosen because they can prevent minerals from dissolving readily. This makes it more difficult for the plants to obtain their nutritional requirements. There are certain plants you can find in this garden, such as the hellebores, that are tolerant of these particular conditions. Soil in Toronto tend to be alkaline but pollution and human modification have also changed the soil’s composition through time.
• The shrubs in this garden have fragrant flowers.
• Hellebores can be found in this garden.
• Late in the year, you can expect colored fall foliage as ornamental grasses add color, texture, movement and sound during summer, fall and winter.
• You can see the Green Roof from the northern edge of the Westview Terrace.