With apologies to Keats, when it comes to garden tours in Toronto, it’s June that’s the season of mellow fruitfulness. Nearly every weekend in the month has something to choose from.
Sadly, we’ve missed the Secret Gardens of Cabbagetown (last Sunday). But others are sprouting up as quickly as weed seedlings, but far more welcome.
Though they’re not “real gardens by real people” by some definitions, the gardens of the Bridle Path are the focus of this year’s Through the Garden Gate over Father’s Day weekend (as always), June 20 & 21. Even so, you’re sure to be able to steal some garden ideas as you see how the other 0.1% lives.
Perhaps more realistic might be the Magical Gardens of Leaside (June 27) and I’m sure the just as magical Gardens of the Beach (June 28). East York Garden Club, of which I’m a member, maintains a great events page on their website, giving details on these and other upcoming local tours. Very sporting of them, I must say.
If you’re looking for something farther afield, link to a garden society near you under Hort Societies in the right column of our blog. Many of them arrange local tours or open gardens that show you what can be done in your area.
Seven years ago, my Microgarden was part of the Beach Garden Society tour, so I know what desperate last-minute primping and fluffing and staging goes into the making of each garden. Having company come over is the greatest motivation in the world to make things look perfect, at least for the day.
In my case, as you can see, I even employed my very own garden fairy to wave her wand here and there. Because that’s what real people do in the garden, right?
UPDATE: Comprehensive lists of additional garden tours from two of our readers (thanks!) are below for your voyeuristic pleasure:
Ontario Horticultural Association, District 5 from Malcolm
Ontario Garden Tours maintained by Melissa, The Empress of Dirt