I’m just home having spent the past 5 hours ooh-ing and aah-ing at some of Toronto’s finest gardens courtesy of the Toronto Botanical Gardens. This year was their 25th Anniversary Tour of 21 Private Gardens in Rosedale. A big thank you to my lovely neighbour who gave us her tickets.

The tour stretched from Cluny Drive at Crescent Road all the way to Roxborough Drive at Glen Road.

Here’s a few shots of my favourite spaces; many have pools and fountains and on a hot sticky summer day like today the sound of running water was just blissful.

Here I really like the contrast of the charcoal grey against the greenery.

Once through the archway you reached this gorgeous water feature, I love the ivy that’s scaling up the tree on the far left hand side.

I have a thing for paving stone set into grass.

Divine!

I like white & green in my garden with a touch of purple. This flower bed at the head of the pool was really lovely.

This was a smart idea – they’d use Astroturf around the pavers so that it always looked neat and tidy.

This garden was incredibly formal, the only free-flowing elements were the lily’s and the fish in the pond.

I LOVED these!

I’ll take one of these.

Another pair of meditative statues. Made me want to do yoga!

Loved this colour combination, very restful.

This Chinese Dogwood was just beautiful – I have a couple of these in my garden and they look amazing at dusk. The flowers almost glow and they last for several weeks.

This garden had several columns and even a church steeple nesting in the back garden. All materials had been salvaged from buildings undergoing renovation.

See what I mean…

I so want a Rill (narrow trench filled with water), this one was lined with river rocks.

And there the journey ended.

Off to NeoCon tomorrow – very exciting!

Enjoy the rest of Sunday.

Gillian

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