The Humber Arboretum is well known for its horticulture and landscape design, exemplified by its beautiful gardens. The expert Horticulture staff is actively involved with training students in the Horticultural Apprenticeship and Landscape Technician programs at Humber College. Students learn firsthand by planning, constructing and maintaining projects on the grounds.
From the main entrance, follow curving paths around ponds, over bridges, and past beautiful 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 blub collection including crocus, galanthus, scilla, muscari, allium, narcissus, and tulipa.
- The All-American Selections Garden, which features plants from this non-profit organization that tests and selects new cultivars.
- A large collection of spring flowering trees and shurbs 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.
- The relaxing atmosphere of the Tranquility Garden and the Garden of the Rising Moon (see how Humber Landscape Technician students redesigned the space)
- And coming soon, a Bird-Friendly Garden created in partnership with Bird Studies Canada.
Arboreal Collections and Natural Areas
There are approximately 10,000 trees total on the grounds of the Humber Arboretum. Explore among the ornamental gardens and along the meadow edges to discover labeled specimens in the collection, or just take a walk through the woodland and enjoy being surrounded by shade trees and evergreens.
- The shade tree collection includes a variety of beech, maple, oak, ash, lilac, horse chestnut, willow, and nut species, along with a dawn redwood.
- Evergreens include spruce, pine, false cyprus, juniper, cedar, yew, and hemlock.
- The woodland includes a sugar bush, where sugar maples are sustainably tapped and maple syrup harvested each winter.
- Restoration work continues on several wetland sites, increasing the variety of plants and wildlife on the grounds.