What's On at The Leaf


March 21, 2024 – May 26, 2024
Babs Asper Display House 

Celebrate the rich landscapes, colours, and plants of Brazil at The Leaf! Drawing inspiration from Brazilian landscape architect and environmentalist, Roberto Burle Marx, horticulturist and plant designer Rob Halpern has skillfully combined form, colour, and plant diversity for our newest display, Brasil Moderno.

“Garden design was reinvented when Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx brought modernism and native plants together in unexpected ways,” said Halpern. “Brasil Moderno brings his vision to The Leaf with a tropical garden of bold sweeps of colour, stand-out architectural plants, and unexpected uses of native Brazilian plants.”

Burle Marx introduced many native Brazilian plants to the gardening public, including the Philodendron ‘Burle Marx’ which was named for him. His unique approach to design, characterized by bold shapes, vibrant colours, and the use of native plants, had a significant impact on the aesthetics of public spaces in Brazil. By showcasing the beauty and diversity of the country's plants, Burle Marx contributed to the conservation and appreciation of Brazil's rich botanical heritage.

In this display, bromeliads, which are plants that are usually found perched high in tropical Brazilian trees, are massed as bright groundcovers around featured species including Dwarf date palms, ‘Singapore Twist’ Ti plants, oil palms, and dragon trees.

Visitors are invited to look for the Brazilian flag throughout the Hartley and Heather Richardson Tropical Biome to identify plants for Brazil, including Passionfruit Passiflora coccinea, Passiflora quadranularis, and Cocoa Theobroma cacao.


Upcoming Programs, Activities, Events and More

 - Camps at The Leaf

Camps at The Leaf

Campers explore nature, learn about plants and animals, play games, and make new friends. We offer in-service camps, spring and winter camps, and weekly summer camps in July and August.

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 - The Leaf After Dark: Adults Only Nights

The Leaf After Dark: Adults Only Nights

Upcoming dates: April 25, May 1, 9, 15, 23

Enjoy a relaxing adults-only atmosphere complete with live musical entertainment. Wine, beer, and snacks will be available at a cash bar in the Mediterranean Biome and can be enjoyed throughout all the biomes.

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 - Toddler Tuesdays

Toddler Tuesdays

April 2 - May 21

We’re so excited to welcome you and your toddler to The Leaf for fun and educational activities you will both love! Your little one will enjoy music and games, listen to fascinating stories, and discover the joy of movement in the beautiful Mediterranean Biome. Toddler Tuesday activities are FREE with admission to The Leaf.

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Gardener Chats

Chat with a member of our horticultural team while you explore The Leaf! Our expert gardeners will explore our connections to plants, and provide insider knowledge about the beautiful plantings within the biomes. 

Gardener Chats are presented by Lawn ‘N’ Order Custom Landscapes Inc.

Location: Please check the signage at The Leaf for the location of the daily Gardener Chat.
Date and Time: Daily, 10:00 am

Starting April 7, Gardener Chats will be at 11:30 am & 2:00 pm on weekdays and 11:30 am on weekends.

Create and Connect Crafts

Stop by the Tannis M. Richardson Classroom for some hands-on crafting using natural or recycled products! Crafts are appropriate for kids and families of all ages and are accessible without admission to the biomes. Space is limited in the classroom. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Location: Tannis M. Richardson Classroom
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Dates: Sundays: March 3, March 24, April 7, April 21, May 5, May 26

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