Flowers & Magnificent Millinery at the Woman to Woman Garden Party – Toronto Botanical Gardens

What a delightful time we had today at the Woman to Woman Garden Party at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Ladies attending pulled out all the stops and looked super decorative and flowery, with some amazingly creative hand-made hat decorations. Food and wine and conversation flowed. “Everyone should always wear hats, don’t you think?” said Helen. […]

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Preview of Wild Canada Blooms 2014

At their preview event at the InterContinental Toronto Centre, Canada Blooms went Wild – the show theme for 2014. Best idea ever! Last week, Canada Blooms kicked off its 2014 show with its first-ever January sneak peek. And this January, we sure needed a reminder that spring might someday be on its way. It’s hard […]

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Let’s cut Winter a little slack

Cascades of dried grasses at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Admit it: they look even better against all the snow. Some people live in the past. But as this Polar Voldemortex-blighted winter drags on and on, many of us long to live in the future. Spring! Spring! Please, be sprung already! Tell me, why do we […]

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TBG Open House tomorrow

A whole lotta Santas going on at the Toronto Botanical Garden shop True story. I arranged to meet a client at the Toronto Botanical Garden last week. After our meeting, I pointed out the shop. “I’ll just look in for a minute,” she said. Half an hour later, she walked out with gifts for a […]

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A little bumbler at the Aster Awards

The Aster Awards sit on the podium, eagerly waiting to be presented. Shall we be kind and call my photo painterly? It’s good to have a humbling experience sometimes. It happened to me last night at the presentation of the Toronto Botanical Garden’s new Aster Awards, which recognize what the TBG calls Canada’s green stars. […]

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Cool designs with ornamental grasses

Instead of framing a parterre with boxwood (Buxus) hedges, how about using feather reed grass (Calamagrostis) instead? Unlike box, it will change through the season. Don’t you love how the soft foliage here allows these bulbs to shine? Grasses have been the big thing recently. I’m not talking about puny little turf grasses, but statuesque […]

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Wish I’d planted autumn crocus

Autumn crocus (Crocus speciosus) blooming in November 2013 Especially after having written a Trellis Magazine article that mentions them among “the other bulbs” that are oft neglected in gardens, you’d think I’d have rushed right out and bought me a bundle of autumn crocuses (Crocus speciosus) and their cousins Colchicum speciosum. I could be enjoying […]

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Garden colour without flowers

The Toronto Botanical Garden on a rainy (but clearly not grey) day in November Think November is drab? It doesn’t have to be, if you play your cards right. Look at the lusciousness in the photo above, without the use of a single flower – well, discounting the dried heads of a red-tinged oakleaf hydrangea […]

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