The collections of landscapes in the park vary in width with each of the frames representing the lot lines of former row houses situated in the space.
At the western and most heavily shaded end of the park, you will find a strip of native shadblow serviceberry trees grown in a bed of ferns, Virginia bluebells and white trillium.
This intimate garden of shrub and perennial species displays a wide variety of plants including flowering dogwood, hosta, daylily, and astilbe.
Known as the Clearing, it is a place for people to meet. In the centre stands a large outcropping of native Canadian Shield granite. To the east of the Clearing is a curtain of water that recalls the gentle fall of rain.
In early spring the elongated catkins of the alders open to provide colour and visual interest.
Wooden boardwalks invite you to criss-cross the Village of Yorkville marsh. It contains a special mixture of wetland meadow vegetation which from spring to fall provides multiple colours and textures. The meadow species include Joe-pye Weed, Cardinal Flower, White Turtlehead, and a variety of sedges.
At the Festival Walk you will find an arbour planted with purple clematis, red honeysuckle and white silverlace vines. These twining and climbing vines produce superb spring, summer and late autumn show. The paving of the walkway reflects the pattern of an extended film strip, in recognition of Yorkville’s role within the Toronto International Film Festival.
Reminiscent of the apple, cherry or pear orchards that could be found 150 years ago in the Village of Yorkville; a small grove of flowering Makamik crabapples creates a fragrant canopy of blossoms in the spring.
Beside the orchard you will see a raised garden built of Muskoka granite in the manner of the early Ontario settlers who used stone fences to separate their fields. The fragrant garden displays a mixture of perennial herbs and flowing alpine species that have been chosen to provide fragrance and colour.
Flanked by the rock garden to the west and meadow garden to the east, this area is planted in a random manner with native river birch trees.
Flanking a stone path of Muskoka granite, you will see a garden planted with a mixture of prairie grasses and wildflowers. Many of the plants found in the gardens are representative of prairie and wildflower species native to Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
A grove of Scot’s pines set on a paved plaza. Pre-cast seating rings encircle the trees, and are interspersed with columnar lights, which emit a gentle fog to simulate the early morning atmosphere of an evergreen forest.