|Now this is a bold way to turn tradition on its ear – or at least turn it 90˚ – when it comes to a hedge that will complement contemporary architecture. Seen at Through the Garden Gate in Lawrence Park, June 2015.|
I sincerely appreciate all the work that goes into the planning and delivery of Through the Garden Gate, Toronto’s garden tour of garden tours. It’s hosted by the Toronto Botanical Garden, and is one of the Garden’s main fundraisers. The volunteers at the Toronto Master Gardeners also deserve big props for helping to scout the gardens, write the program, provide plant ID and gentle policing in the gardens on the tour days. (TTGG will be in The Kingsway, June 11 & 12, 2016.)
Thanks for this cool idea, which followed me home from Lawrence Park in 2015. An excellent play on the linear architecture, the hedge is broken into rectangular blocks, turned perpendicular to the building. While it does a great job of buffering the home from the street, it’s perforated – effectively de-massing that long wall into smaller, human-scale chunks. Imagine the different effect if it had simply run parallel. Yet the yew (Taxus) is a nod to the more traditional surrounding homes. I like it!