Toronto’s Open Gardens 2010 program begins this Sunday afternoon in Parkdale with a chance to see the wonderful garden of gifted plantsman and all-round exemplary gardener Barry Parker.
Don’t be put off by a little rain. Sarah and I visited Barry’s garden last October in the rain, which gave the plants an extra level of sparkle and kept away the crowds. For a preview of what you’ll see there in springtime, take a peek at this post from Deborah at Kilbourne Grove.
Right now is the best possible time to buy an all-season passport for Open Gardens. $25 gets you into any of the 26 gardens showing in 2010; otherwise, it’s $4 cash at the door. You can buy a passport (cash or cheque only) at any of the gardens. The funds raised support the Canadian Women’s Foundation; details on the site.
To see which gardens might be open near you, have a look at the Open Gardens Toronto schedule.
[UPDATE: A reminder that April 24 & 25 is also the first weekend for Marion Jarvie’s Open Gardens. Marion is another exceptional gardener. You can read more, including additional open dates here.]