Explore the Leaf

The Leaf is now open.  

Journey through four distinct worlds inside The Leaf. Find yourself in a vibrant display surrounded by colour, texture, and fragrance. Make friends with gentle butterflies, breathe in the aromas of the Mediterranean, and find winter respite in a tropical oasis. End your day at our warm and welcoming restaurant, savouring cuisine that celebrates the harvest of each season and incorporates flavours from around the globe that you’ll want to relive again and again.


Biome - Hartley and Heather Richardson Tropical Biome

Hartley and Heather Richardson Tropical Biome

Visitors will be immersed in the warmth and vibrancy of the Hartley and Heather Richardson Tropical Biome, where exotic plants and a balmy environment will create an oasis, particularly during the winter months. This rainforest-like paradise will be brimming with tropical plants, bold textures and lush green colours. The largest of The Leaf's planted spaces; it will be home to lush plant material from tropical regions of the world with some specimens reaching over six stories high over time.

Biome - Mediterranean Biome

Mediterranean Biome

Colour will abound in the Mediterranean Biome as regions known for their superb fruits, fine wines and abundant crops are celebrated. Visitors will be surrounded by plant life from climatic zones characterized by moist, cool winters and hot, dry summers including Greece and Italy, as well as South Africa, South West Australia, Central Chile and California. The result will be a memorable mosaic of colour, texture and fragrance that reaches its peak during the winter months.

Biome - Babs Asper Display House

Babs Asper Display House

The Babs Asper Display House will celebrate the art of horticulture with a rotating schedule of dynamic floral displays that will change four to five times per year, exploring seasonal and global themes. Here, the focus is simple; to showcase the breathtaking beauty that only nature can achieve, through flowers and colours offered through seasonal displays.

Biome - Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden

Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden

Travel above the earth in an elevator to the magical Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden, where visitors of all ages will experience awe and wonder as they interact with some of the most beautiful butterfly species in the world. A year-round tropical paradise, the Butterfly Garden will appear to be soaring above the sea of plant life flourishing from below.

Biome - A Living Classroom

A Living Classroom

The Leaf - Canada’s Diversity Gardens will be a living classroom where school and community groups can participate in environmental and cultural education programs year-round. The Tannis M. Richardson Indoor Classroom, outdoor classroom, biomes, and gardens will create platforms for distinctive programming that will inspire people to care for nature and reflect the diverse, multicultural, and multi-generational community we serve. The changing gardens will enable learning opportunities focusing on the themes of health and well-being, sustainability and conservation, food and drink, beauty and expression, and spirituality and consciousness.

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