Mosaicultures at Montreal Botanical Garden

Mosaïcultures Internationales returns to its birthplace, Montreal Raise your hand if you’ve never visited Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique Montréal). That was me, until May of this year. Shocking. Shocking! But then I fell in love with one of the continent’s great gardens. And it isn’t far from Toronto. Until September 29, 2013, you’ve another […]

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Filoli and the framing device

Fight for a just cause; love your fellow man; live a good life = FiLoLi I don’t own a goldmine, do you? That makes us unlike the Bourn family, who built the Filoli estate early in the last century. It’s also pretty certain we’re not Blake or Krystle Carrington (Filoli acted as their mansion on […]

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Friday Idea File: Feeling rusty

A rusty orb on stilts contrasts the spiky mullein; Dragonfly Farms, Bainbridge Island, Washington The colour of rust sits comfortably in the natural environment – like green’s complement red, blended with dabs of earth and bark. As with the orb above, even a smooth surface weathers into delicious textural variations. Rust hints of history and […]

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Hatley Park, one of Canada’s castles

Hatley Castle, just west of Victoria, British Columbia It’s hard to know where to begin with Hatley Castle. Not only is it a lavish, historic mansion and gardens, one of Canada’s castles, it’s connected to stories that would make a great miniseries or few, as dramatic as Downton Abbey. Hatley was designed in 1908 by […]

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The Hobbit House of Preston Hollow, Dallas

The drawbridge entrance to a very special garden in Preston Hollow, Dallas TX Now that The Hobbit movie has arrived in theatres, have a peep at this hobbity garden we visited with the 2010 Garden Writers Symposium. I won’t give you much commentary, other than to say that the garden and buildings were designed from […]

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Wamboldtopia: Doorways to imagination

Ricki Pierce, aka The Rock Pirate, a mason and a Mason, grins at the entrance to the home, garden and little Utopia on Wambold Street that he and his wife, artist Damaris Pierce, have created in West Asheville, NC. They call it  Wamboldtopia. There are many, many doorways in this garden, and doors are symbols of hope, […]

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Gardens, art and social justice

Can social change grow alongside art in a garden? I’ve been mulling this question over since Sarah and I returned from the annual garden bloggers’ meet-up, known as the Fling. This year, the Fling was flung in the trendy Appalachian town of Asheville, North Carolina. The Battersby Girls (plus Sarah’s son J, a good sport) were the sole […]

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Away, but still thinking of you

Cherry blossoms in Taichung, Taiwan Oh, how I’ve missed you! A whirlwind winter of work (weally?) has kept me from blogging. But even when I’m not writing about them, I’m thinking about Toronto gardens. Even when I’m far from Toronto. A business trip to Taiwan this month was one thing that kept me away. To […]

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Garden travel: Indianapolis Museum of Art

For our 600th post on Toronto Gardens, and the final one for NaBloPoMo 2011, I wanted – well, I wanted to do everything. National Blog Posting Month, for those wondering, is the challenge of writing a blog post a day, without fail, for the entire month of November. It’s a sister-act or copycat younger cousin […]

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Everyday lessons from castle gardens

Lesson one: Always have a good place to sit and enjoy the garden. When Sarah & I started our blog over five years ago (last month; we missed our blog’s birthday!), we said we wanted to write about real gardens by real people. None of that garden porn stuff for us. Ha! Well, we’ve learned. […]

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