Pedal your way to 20 beautiful private gardens in uptown Toronto
Your guide and Master Gardener on Wheels will lead you through each garden while recounting the rich history of the Windfields Estate neighbourhood, highlight interesting plants and point out each gardens unique design features. You will enjoy snacks along the route to keep you energized and midway through the tour you’ll stop for a relaxing picnic lunch. The bike tour will concludes with a glass of Biodynamic Bubbly in a secret garden.
The tour is suitable for beginner to advanced riders, moving at an easy pace.
The area known as Windfields Estates was originally businessman E.P. Taylor’s Windfields Farm, started in 1937, and eventually known as one of the most prominent thoroughbred racing stables in North America. In 1968, Taylor sold most of his land to residential developers and made a gift to the Borough of North York of thirty acres, including a ravine along Wilket Creek which ran through the property.
Most Windfields homes were built in the 1970s and 1980s. These are the homes that are featured on our tour. Many of them are still owned by their original owners; surprisingly few have had more than two owners, perhaps because of their space and ideal location … a little bit of country in the city. It’s an area of avid gardeners, many of whom have taken their inspiration from the neighbouring oasis of Edwards Gardens and Toronto Botanical Garden.