Protecting The Gardens and our planet for generations to come

Beyond nurturing the gardens, we feel responsible for minimizing our impact on the earth, implementing environmental initiatives across The Gardens and our departments.

Our Environmental Initiatives

The Gardens
  • Using natural, reusable wood flats instead of plastic flats
  • Repurposing wood waste, branches and leaves into mulch and/or compost
  • Extensive use of manual, mechanical and non-chemical weed  control methods
  • Utilization of drip irrigation wherever practical
  • Implementation of a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management program to control insect pests and diseases
  • Comprehensive composting program
Visitor Services
  • Cleaning with reusable rags and natural or biodegradable cleaners
  • Recycling cardboard, paper, glass and metal throughout The Gardens
  • Distributing biodegradable doggy bags to visitors free of charge
  • Operating tours of Tod Inlet with electric boats
  • Enforce a 3-minute maximum idle rule
  • Reward staff who carpool to work
  • Encourage visitors to arrive via public transit on busy evenings
Food Services
  • Sourcing local ingredients, organic where possible, including an on-site edible flower and herb garden
  • Composting all food waste, including dairy cartons
  • Compostable plates, cutlery, straws and glassware where possible
  • Re-usable picnic containers and baskets
  • Recycling all glass, plastic and tin, including wine, beer and pop bottles
  • Eradicating single-use water bottles plus adding water stations in restaurants and throughout the Gardens
Seed & Gift Store
  • Using 100% biodegradable bags for visitors’ purchases
  • Reusing or recycling surplus packing material such as Styrofoam, bubble wrap and boxes
  • Separating and recycling cardboard, paper and plastic
  • Selling only Forest Stewardship Council certified calendars;
  • Using environmentally friendly printing methods and recycled paper when possible for print products
Facilities
  • Using low-energy fixtures with motion sensors and timers
  • Controlling temperature with an Energy Management Control System
  • Using low-flow toilets throughout the grounds
  • Recycling water from streams and repurposing water for cooling
  • Recycling and reusing all metal wiring and firework props