Saturday, September 15, 2012

Edwards Gardens... An Oasis within the City

Entrance Carpet Bed Photo by Paul Gellatly

Petunia Photo by Paul Gellatly
Photo by Paul Gellatly
Its been a few months since I've had the opportunity to sit down and write a blog entry... I was thrilled to see that the blog has now been viewed close to 8100 times! This entry is the 25th entry of 25 Years and Still Growing...

Needless to say the summer was very busy, and finding the time to write didn't go as planned... but with the fall season upon us, I look forward to devoting more time to writing.

The summer has been filled with great experiences, visits to new gardens and of course lots of work!  I have learned a lot this season, and look forward to continuing down the path of horticulture with you.

Cleome photo by Paul Gellatly
Fall is a great time to visit gardens you may not have had the opportunity to get to over the summer.  I know there's a few gardens I need to see before the cold of winter sets in.

There is still lots of beauty in the fall garden, and annuals for the most part are in full splendor...Its also a great time to consider collecting some seeds from your favorite annuals and perennials, to grow again in your garden or containers next year.
Perennial Border Photo by Paul Gellatly
Photo by Paul Gellatly
I had the pleasure of visiting Edwards Gardens, also home to the Toronto Botanical Gardens this past weekend.  A beautiful way to spend a couple of hours meandering through various perennial borders, annual beds, formal carpet beds, beautiful planters, and an impressive large rock garden.

I was quite enamored with the use of tropical plants dispersed throughout the beds creating an illusion of the tropics in various locations throughout the gardens.

Once a private estate, Edwards Gardens became a public gardens in 1956.  Over the past 56 years the garden has grown to include the Toronto Botanical Gardens.
Double Delight Rose Photo by Paul Gellatly
Photo by Paul Gellatly

Plan to spend a few hours, parking is free!

For more information on Edwards Gardens, check out the website for the Toronto Botanical Garden:
Rock Garden Photo by Paul Gellatly