MeMe in the Garden: An Honour

Toronto Gardens bloggers, Sarah (left) and Helen (always right) Battersby We are delighted that Toronto Gardens has been presented a Meme Award (or MeMe Award) by Charlotte at The Galloping Gardener, a blog we follow for its tantalizing stories and pictures of gardens around the world. To participate in the Meme Award you need to: […]

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Have a guerrilla!

That was not a line from The Goon Show, that was the preliminary to a report on our guerrilla gardening efforts in a secret corner of the universe. Things are looking up. Our neighbourhood guerrillas have added two healthy (thanks to this year’s rains) trees to the city’s canopy, plus a happy-looking perennial garden. And […]

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The Seductive Lure of Plant Names

When I’m at the nursery on a plant buying spree, (oops, did I say, spree? I meant visit) the thing about a plant that gets me first is colour. Anything blue, purple or lime green and my eye goes right for it. A closer inspection of the tag can frequently bring another hook: the variety […]

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The humble face of hope

C’mon, little tomato flower (our first one). We’re rooting for you. You can do it! We have faith. And, do you know what? No matter what happens, all we ask is that you do your darnedest. That’s what counts. Way to go, little ‘Scarlet Globe’ radishes! Or should I say: Way to grow! You are […]

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Rare sightings while on holiday

Part of the joy of travelling is the novelty of new experiences. Some are ephemeral, like the beauty of this particular sunset over Lake Huron in Pinery Provincial Park. In Toronto, not many places give you sky and water unmarked by human intervention, so this was a thrill. Also at Pinery is this shot of […]

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To tchotchke or not to tchotchke

As in life, so am I when it comes to garden ornamentation: a relativist. (Even in my relativism, I’m with my pal Petronius, who said: All things in moderation, including moderation.) Purists have it in for tchotchke, knickknacks or bric-a-brac in the garden. Let’s say, they have a low QQ (Quirk Quotient). As a relativist […]

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Skies: That rare urban commodity

Returning to Toronto after a road trip can awaken you to the constrained view of the sky from our little patches of urban heaven. This is especially so in the older parts of Toronto, such as our street, with their heavy canopies of green. (Though they’re a good thing, cooling our homes and gardens.) Office […]

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Fauxpiary and other holiday snaps

Holiday garden sightings from the sublime to le ridicule. Seen on the road on the way to Ottawa, at a rest stop somewhere in the Haliburton Highlands, Ontario. Seen on the road on the way to Quebec City, at a McDonald’s somewhere near Berthierville, Québec. Monsieur Ronald and chums in a fauxpiary tableau. Crazy, but […]

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O, Canada: For gardeners

I was born in England, but my home is Canada. On this Canada Day, here are five reasons that, as a gardener, I’m glad to be Canadian: 1. The Maple Leaf, our emblem dear, the maple leaf forever. I love that our national symbol is something living and growing; I especially love that it has […]

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A rare species (of guy)

The father of my three children isn’t a gardener. Or rather, he’s more a veggie guy than a flower guy – or would be, if we still had our allotment (a long, doleful tale; don’t get me started). However, he’s a really great guy to have about the garden. This is the fella who built […]

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