Accessible Gardening at Bickle Centre

University Health Network’s (UHN) first wheelchair accessible garden has been created at Toronto Rehab’s E.W. Bickle Centre for Complex Continuing Care.

The 1,200 square foot community garden’s six plant beds are elevated, and located in the heart of Bickle Centre's property so that all patients and staff can enjoy an inclusive gardening experience. Toronto Rehab’s Bickle Green Team received funding from TD Friends of the Environment toward this project.

This year, gardeners will grow various herbs like basil and rosemary, leafy vegetables including kale, lettuce and chard, and will add a splash of colour with tomatoes, peppers, beets and marigold.

"Our new green space is wonderful for patients who have gardened in the past because it makes them feel at home," says Amanda Beales, Dietitian at Bickle Centre.

"It gives them an opportunity to connect with an activity in a meaningful way – and helps them to feel more like themselves again."


Located in Toronto’s Parkside neighbourhood, the Bickle Centre is Ontario’s leader in Complex Continuing Care.  Providing compassionate and expert care, it serves individuals impacted by serious and potentially disabling disorders such as traumatic brain injury, quadriplegia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and end-stage renal failure.

Built in the 1970’s and in need of essential updates, renovations and retrofits, the facility is currently being redeveloped to improve the comfort and care of patients and their families.  Through our $100-million campaign, you can support the redevelopment of the Bickle Centre and help ensure that Toronto Rehab continues to be Where Incredible Happens. Learn more

In Photo (UHN): This summer, the Bickle Gardening Group gathered for a planting workshop led by Parkdale community organization, Greenest City. Richard Khoo, Clinical Project Lead, Bickle Redevelopment (left) and Klara Siber-Simic, Spiritual Care Practitioner, enjoyed the sunshine and soil.