Great plant pairing: Amsonia and Baptisia

Bluestar (Amsonia) and spiky false indigo (Baptisia) at the Toronto Botanical Garden Always grateful to discover unexpected combinations of spectacular plants on my travels. This time, I didn’t have to travel far – only to the Toronto Botanical Garden. Don’t know the specific cultivars here, but Amsonia and Baptisia seem made to go together, don’t […]

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A contemporary hedge with panache

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 […]

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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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