Friend of the GPOD Cherry Ong took a trip recently from her home on the west coast of Canada to Toronto and sent in some shots from gardens she was able to visit. Today she’s taking us along to see the Toronto Botanical Garden.
This is the Terraced Garden, which is described on the website as “a buffer zone between the parking lot and the gardens. Its underlying structure is built of waste from the original construction site and includes recycled materials such as bottles and bricks for aesthetic purposes.”
Another scene from the Terraced Garden
A sculpture called Windy Day by the artist David White
This sculpture is titled Balancing Act by Dominic Benhura
Yellow peony ‘Bartzella’ (Paeonia ‘Bartzella’, Zones 3–9)
This classic peony hybrid between a herbaceous and tree peony is blessed with great vigor and strong stems in addition to beautiful blooms.
A climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala, Zones 4–8) makes a dramatic statement in the floral hall courtyard. Climbing hydrangeas take a while to grow and start blooming heavily, but once they do the show is pretty stunning.
The shed in the Demonstration Courtyard, an interactive outdoor classroom with demonstration areas for courses and workshops, was made from straw bales in 2008.
A raised bed in the Demonstration Courtyard
A rock garden trough is a perfect way to create a mini garden in a small space.
This view is from the top of the Spiral Mound, looking down at the Beryl Ivey Knot Garden. The Spiral Mound has a spiral pathway that leads up to a viewing platform with great views of the garden.
Single peonies (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–8) have just one row of petals around the central mass of stamens. The single forms tend to stand up better without staking than the very full, heavy, double-flowered varieties.
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