Three weeks ago, , I took a garden course at the Toronto Botanical Gardens or TBG. I had to take a bus as I do not have a car, and I wasn’t sure how long it would take. I got there a few minutes early and I walked around and took a few pictures before my course started. The sun was just starting to set, so some of the pictures may be a bit dark. The plants were all marked with their name, but I didn’t have time to stop and write them down, if there is something you really want to know the name of, I might be able to get back.
The TBG was redesigned a few years ago. It is now 12 award-winning, themed gardens, encompassing almost 4 acres. The main building is a glass pavilion and features a “green” roof.
Walking from the bus stop, you walk through the Entry Garden Walk, which is a “sophisticated Meadow” and inspired by Piet Oudolf. A mix of perennials and grasses, I think that it is at its best this time of year. See if you agree.
I wish I knew what the name of everything was.
Not that I have the space for it in my own garden.
But they are very beautiful.
At keast, I know these, hakonechloa (my fav) grass and japanese anemones.
You then arrive in the Arrival Courtyard, (if you drive, you arrive directly here). Sculptural hedges made up of cornus mas and beech are being trained inside of a metal cage.
There you can find a map of the garden.
From here you can go into the different gardens a number of ways. Lets go into the Garden Hall Courtyard.
This area features a sunken courtyard with a diverse mix of trees, shrubs and perennials, and features a large selection of Japanese Maples.
I believe these were the full moon japanese maple. They are underplanted with hakonechloa grass again and with euphorbia myrsinites. Love that chartreuse and blue together.
From here I went into the President’s Choice show garden. This is made up of two sections, one featuring evergreens and small trees and shrubs suitable for a small urban garden and a trial garden area.
Tigers Eye sumac is a great contrast against the blue.
Echinacea with a paniculata hydrangea, heuchera, grass and a dwarf cleome. From the other end, this was a great combination, all that pink reminds me of Grace. Here at the end is a petunia and variegated pokeweed.
A closer look, not sure what the pale butter, yellow flower is, but I like the contrast to the pink.
There are many more garden areas at the TBG, including the Herb garden, Kitchen garden, Knot garden, Teaching garden, Spiral Mound, the Terrace garden and the Woodland walk.