Floral Profusion on Display at Toronto Botanical Garden

June 3, 2013 2 Comments

By Lori Bosworth

In between the downfalls of rain yesterday, I ventured to the Toronto Botanical Garden next to Edwards Gardens to experience the vibrant colours of spring and restorative powers of nature. A volunteer organization dedicated to disseminating horticultural information, the Toronto Botanical Garden includes 17 themed gardens currently feature peonies, rhododendrons, alliums, irises and clematis and many others in full bloom.

“Stooks & Punes” installation by W. Gary Smith

“Stooks & Punes” installation by W. Gary Smith

An eyecatching temporary installation, “Stooks and Punes,” by artist and garden designer W. Gary Smith greets you as you approach the Toronto Botanical Garden at the west end of the parking lot. Made with natural materials from the Toronto Botanical Garden and other gardens in the GTA, the work is whimsical and conjures the supernatural forest in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. W. Gary Smith will be designing a children’s garden on this site.

Red Peonies at Toronto Botanical Garden

Red Peonies at Toronto Botanical Garden

This stunning red, perfectly-shaped peony still had raindrops on its petals. Probably my favourite flower.

Flowers waiting to be planted at Edwards Gardens

Flowers waiting to be planted at Edwards Gardens

Not all the gardening has been done for the season at the Toronto Botanical Garden. These flowers wait in beds ready to be planted next week.

Peach peonies at Toronto Botanical Garden

Peach peonies at Toronto Botanical Garden

I am dazzled by the luscious colour of this peony.

Corkscrew Hazel Tree at Edwards Gardens in Toronto

Corkscrew Hazel Tree at Edwards Gardens

Staring at this Corkscrew Hazel tree reminded me of a Wordsworth landscape:

THERE was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparell’d in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream. ~ William Wordsworth, “Ode: Intimations of Immortality”

Purple Allium Flower at Toronto Botanical Garden

Purple Allium Flower

Although not quite in full bloom, this purple Allium flower was the subject of many photographers who wanted to capture the detail of the stems not visible on the full Allium flower.

Flower garden at Toronto Botanical Garden

Flower garden at Toronto Botanical Garden

This soothing combination of coral, green and wine colours pleases the senses.

Yellow Peony at Toronto Botanical Garden

Yellow Peony at Toronto Botanical Garden

Hello beauty! Did I say that peonies were my favourite flower? This yellow peony confirms it. Absolutely exquisite!

White Irises at Toronto Botanical Garden

White Irises at Toronto Botanical Garden

Commonly available in purple, these white, tissue-like irises create an ethereal wedding garden.

Pruned circular shrub at Toronto Botanical Garden

Pruned circular shrub at Toronto Botanical Garden

A pruned shrub reminiscent of French Renaissance gardens.

Lilac-coloured Clematis at Toronto Botanical Garden

Lilac-coloured Clematis

I love the contrast of the spiked, purple clematis leaves against softly-shaped green leaves.

Our walk has finished and peace has been restored.

Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East (at Leslie Street), 416-397-1340. Gardens are open daily from dawn until dusk and access is free. The Garden Café is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May through October. Building is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m.

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2 Comments to “Floral Profusion on Display at Toronto Botanical Garden”
  1. MB says:

    What fabulous photos! Almost as good as being there!

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