|Garden designer David Leeman, provided a tour of some of Toronto's hidden, and not so hidden garden delights. Such as this unique sculpture at the Evergreen Brick Works, a community environmental space. This massive sculpture by Ferruccio Sardell demonstrated virtually Toronto's ravine, river and creek network. Water runoff from the roof, drains down various outlets and pipework, creating a living sculpture.|
|Barry Parker's Toronto Garden|
Even though I travel often, there are a few North American cities which have somehow remained off of my itinerary, and this past weekend, I finally was able to check Toronto off of that short list of un-explored North American cities (leaving, perhaps only Austin, TX and Salt Lake City). Nine months ago,I received an invitation to speak from the Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society , a very knowledgeable and active chapter of NARGS (the North American Rock Garden Society), to speak on winter blooming bulbous plants for the cold greenhouse. I accepted ( even though this month of September has become totally booked with speaking engagements - something I will never do again).
My weekend in Toronto was exciting, blissful, and packed with meeting new friends, many gardens and having a delightful time with my hosts ( Thanks Bella, Barbara and Shakie! I don't know how you ever sleep!) Here are a few of my images from the first day.
|Another image from the Don Valley Brick Works Park. The Weston Quarry Garden.|
Don Valley Brick Work Park
Another view of the Weston Quarry Garden walkway at the Don Valley Brick Works Park.
|I also visited some private gardens in Toronto. My visit started off on Friday, with a visit to fellow blogger - Barry Parker's garden. Barry was traveling to South Africa ( I think!), but garden designer David Leeman was more than happy to tour me around this, and some of his other secret spots around Toronto.|
|Some alpine troughs in Barry's garden|
|David Leeman's creative eye expressed through arranged pots of Mediterranean herbs|
|Japanese maple cuttings in Barry's garden|
|I had to take this photo for Joe - Finally, a bar that served serious bourbon and Rye. It's where David and I had lunch.|
|The garden of Barry Parker with some help from David Leeman|
|Barry's agave collection. I bet this helps keep the raccoon's off of the roof!|
|A sunny colored dark leaved Dahlia in Bella and Barbara's garden|
|The stunning garden of garden designers Barbara Cooper and Bella Seiden - my hosts.|
|If this Roscoea is hardy in Barbara and Bella's Toronto garden, I can hardly wait until next year to add some to mine.|
|Check out this red Roscoea - so tropical, yet hardy.|
|Barbara and Bella had many Clematis, each one trained to a cedar post with wire wrapped around it.|
Another inspiration I will need to use in my own garden next year.