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GPOD on the Road: Toronto Garden Tour


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Frequent GPOD contributor Cherry Ong took a trip to Toronto recently and got the chance to tour some beautiful gardens. And, lucky for us, she took a lot of beautiful photos.

I attended the Through the Garden Gate Wychwood garden tours offered by the Toronto Botanical Gardens. The garden description from the tour brochure says this: “This pretty front garden is an example of symmetry with boxwood squares complemented by topiary shrubs. The back garden is separated by a greenery-covered arch. Potted and soil-based plants abound. Note the fence is stained black which allows the plants to recede, thus giving the impression that the garden is completely self-contained.”

garden table with containers full of annualsA row of tuberous begonias (Begonia hybrids, Zones 9 –11 or as annuals or tender bulbs) sets the scene on a garden table.

container full of orange and pink flowersSometimes a container with just a couple of plants in it is perfect.

garden table with views of the garden aroundWhat a spot for a dinner party!

home steps with container plantsSteps leading up to the house, with plants in containers

skinny table with a row of container plantsBeautiful containers set off this collection of plants, while the mirror behind them makes the space seem bigger than it is.

container with pink flowers and bright green foliageYou don’t need a big garden to make a beautiful space. This perfect container is a garden in itself.

stone fountain filled with plantsLayers of plants add height to the garden

bright pink hydrangeas in containers on pillarsTall urns lift up blooming hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9) to make a dramatic gateway to the next part of the garden.

garden arches covered in plantsNative Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Zones 3–9) transforms these arches into a leafy tunnel leading to a shady spot to sit.


Have a garden you’d like to share?

Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!

To submit, send 5-10 photos to [email protected] along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are located, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants, or funny stories from your garden.

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