Through the Garden Gate: A stroll through Lawrence Park

This year’s TBG’s Through the Garden Gate garden tour takes us through the upscale neighbourhood of Lawrence Park. It’s a must-see garden tour as you will see…lovely houses, fantastic gardens, great gardeners.

Brochure for this year’s garden tour

Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG)’s
2015 Through the Garden Gate garden tour

“Driving through the streets of Lawrence Park is an exercise in wishful thinking,” writes Carol Gardner in the TBG’s Through The Garden Gate (TTGG) garden tour brochure. Carol is right on the mark. This year’s TTGG garden tour will have you drooling over fabulous home architecture and equally beautiful gardens in this ritzy Toronto neighbourhood.

 

Is there anything for the soil enthusiast on the TTGG garden tour? Yes! One garden is a success story of overcoming challenging conditions: alkaline wet soil in shady surroundings. The owner, with the help with a TBG course, found the plants that thrived in those conditions. Plants include dogwoods, hydrangeas, bleeding hearts and so much more. Take a look at how lovely the garden looks. It’s even better in person.

A shady Lawrence Park garden with wet alkaline soil.

A shady Lawrence Park garden with wet alkaline soil.

 

Other soil-related things to watch for are the different kinds of mulches, compost and groundcovers keeping soil healthy. And there’re some amazing tool sheds, potting benches in some of the owner-maintained gardens. But I gush. There’re also some amazing gardens attached to the soil and tools as well. Nineteen gardens to be exact. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.

 

The 19 gardens are upscale, with some of them designed by well-known landscape architects (i.e. Janet Rosenberg) and maintained lovingly either by owners or professional gardeners. The motto of his neighbourhood appears is: “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” I can get behind that!

Harry Jongerden Mark Cullen

TBG Executive Director, Harry Jongerden shares a joke with Canadian garden guru, Mark Cullen (on the right) during the TTGG media garden tour.

For more information and to see video previews of the garden tour, visit the Toronto Botanical Garden website.

 

Dates: Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14 2015

Times 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

TICKETS:

One-Day Pass: Public $45 / TBG Members $40

Two-Day Pass: Public $60 / TBG Members $55

Students $25* (One-Day Pass Only)

 

 

BUY TICKETS

You can either buy tickets at the Toronto Botanical Garden website.

Or at

 TICKET OUTLETS

TBG Garden Shop, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, 416-397-1357

eco|stems, 364A King Street East, 416-214-6479

Sheridan Nurseries, 2827 Yonge Street, 416-481-6429

Sheridan Nurseries, 12266 10 Line, Georgetown, 905-873-7547

Bill’s Garden & Design, 903 Pape Avenue, 416-466-8283

Plant World, 4000 Eglinton Avenue West, 416-241-9174

Kate’s Garden, 227 Main Street N, Unit #3, Markham, 905-554-8899

 

 

 


Written by Cristina da Silva
Thursday, May 28, 2015 in #groundchat News

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