St. James Park

Designers: Garden Club of Toronto | City: Toronto, ON | Project Type: victorian gardens
Date Visited: 09.01.12
Location: 120 King St E, Toronto, ON, Canada
Size: 3.2-acres
Official Opening Date: 1980

St. James Park is a small Victorian park nestled at the side of the beautiful Gothic Revival-styled St. James Cathedral Church. Equally refined and formal as its beautiful architectural backdrop, the park is is filled with beautiful symmetrical flower beds planted with biblical bulbs and herbs and surrounded by ornate fountains and statuary.

Google ‘St. James Park, Toronto’ and a flood of information pops up about the Toronto Occupy Movement that set up shop at the park in fall 2011. Visiting the tranquil park now, it’s hard to picture the chaos that filled it just one year ago. Unfortunately, the protestor camp caused early estimates of $150,000 worth of damages to St. James Park. The landscape has since been rehabilitated thanks to volunteer efforts.

I had heard about this garden from my Toronto Music Garden docent but didn’t have any plans to visit. The curb appeal of this park, however, is so great that the park immediately caught my eye and I just had to stop and take a look.

There were many people in the park and it’s easy to see how and why this park is so beloved. With narrow garden pathways and a bandstand for summer concerts, St. James Park invites both quiet contemplation and public festivities. I’d love to return in the springtime; in April, Garden Club of Toronto fills the gardens with brightly colored tulips and other fresh springtime flowers.

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