The City recently renamed Rhododendron Gardens to Brueckner Rhododendron Garden in acknowledgement of the donation of hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas that beautify the Garden, the scientific endeavour that was invested in creating internationally recognized registered hybrids many of which can be found in the Garden, and the inspiration to develop a public space that is uniquely garden space and not a public park. Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens is located at 660 Lakeshore Road West and is a 17.78 acre, 7.19 hectare city waterfront Garden Park which was acquired in 1975. The park was formerly called Cranberry Cove.
Through the generous donations and efforts of Dr. Joseph Brueckner, hundreds of his rhododendrons are planted in the gardens which can be found blooming from mid May to mid June. The gardens exhibit existing conditions and a micro-climate that are essential to the survival of the rhododendron shrubs. The sheltering presence of pines and oaks provide shelter from direct sunlight and protection from the wind. Well drained soil, and moderating lake effects combine to make conditions ideal for rhododendrons, azaleas and other acid loving woodland and mountain plants. Click here for more information.
The Gardens are under the direction of the Head Gardener on site and who is a member of the Rhododendron Garden Stewardship Committee (BRGSC). The BRGSC plays an important role in all aspects of Garden development and maintenance. The Committee meets every month to discuss key issues.
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The Stewardship Committee welcomes volunteer effort to help us maintain and beautify the Gardens. If you would like to volunteer your time and your love of the outdoors please contact the Head Gardener on site, Monday to Friday up to 3:00 p.m.
Dogs and Rhododendrons
Park permits are required for all photography between Friday and Sunday with a fee, and parking is limited to 4 cars per permit. For more information or to reserve park space please call the Customer Service Centre at: 905-615-4100.
• The park hosts washrooms and walking trails.
• Parking is available for 39 vehicles with 2 accessible parking spaces.
People and dogs are welcome in the garden.
• Please remember to keep dogs on a leash
• Keep dogs on the designated pathways
Dog urine on a rhododendron will eventually kill the plant. Please help protect and preserve this collection of rare plants.
An extremely rare and beautiful collection of hybrid Rhododendrons, which can be found blooming from mid May to mid June.