Here's a little of what I saw that day and a few sunny day snaps that I took back in September. As you can see, these gardens are marvellous, no matter when you get to visit.
The architect of this fine home was Eden Smith, renown for his Arts & Crafts designs and many public buildings in Toronto including the Lawren Harris studio. He believed that a home should provide its best views into the garden. Look at the wall of windows and just imagine how gorgeous the views must be.
Everyone on the tour works so hard to make their gardens look spectacular. Coats of paint have been added since late last year.
There are lots of white and soft coloured flowers no matter the season.
This was our second stop. Its has a great no-grass front garden and splendid roof-top garden. There are several gardens with some really good ground covers on the tour this year. The secret is pick your plants well and plant them in abundance -- don't wait for the magic, MAKE it happen.
Sean James came up to the top of the porch to get a better view. Not only are there the usual suspects in the roof-top garden, they've planted iris as well!
I know there are those who aren't all that fond of chartreuse in the garden, but situated well it almost makes you think the sun is shining.
Such sweet little pansies.
If ever there was a spring to show off your formal boxwood garden -- it's this one: Not too much snow and cold over the winter; lots of rain, and no scorching sun as the new growth appeared. Here's my buddy Margaret Bennet-Alder, author of "The Toronto Gardener's Journal", who is turning 90 on the 19th of June.
The dear owner left her cushions out in the deluge so we could get the full effect -- and served us little treats and bubbles to wash it down with. You can get an idea just how much rain we got that day:
Even big kids like to play in the rain -- a little soft shoe splish splash with Sara Katz.
A cozy surprise in a sheltered corner garden:
A plant collector, who sources his plants from around North America, starts many from seed and has established a boxwood hedge from cuttings!
A garden with a cobbled walkway circling the garden.
How's this for respecting what came first?! Lots of limbed old bushes, but as you climb the stairs, look at the stonework around the tree.....