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Aldona at Large: Seaside Serendipity

Aldona at Large: Seaside Serendipity

Once my gallivanting around England was finished, the question “would you like to help judge this year’s Kingsbrae Garden Canadian Sculpture Competition?” was like music to my ears. You see,...

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Aldona at Large: Woolbeding Gardens & ideas to steal

Aldona at Large: Woolbeding Gardens & ideas to steal

Woolbeding Gardens in Midhurst, Sussex amply demonstrate what can be achieved when you combine money, vision, great taste and perseverance. In 1972, the late Sir Simon Sainsbury (who, with his two...

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Aldona at Large: Off the beaten garden path–1

Aldona at Large: Off the beaten garden path–1

Oh dear. How to compress so many lovely English gardens into one manageable post? I know—I’ll show a couple of examples from each (all were first visits for me, which is a wonder, as I’ve been...

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Aldona at Large: Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning…

Aldona at Large: Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning…

And in a flash your trusty correspondent was up and at ‘em and en route to the Chelsea Flower Show in London. The weather was cool, breezy and grey, but I was well armed for come-what-may, notebook...

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Aldona at Large: Tender and Sublime

Aldona at Large: Tender and Sublime

For many years, I was an “autumn girl.” But now, in the autumn of my own years, I find that I am especially moved by the tenderness and hope of those first few days in spring when, overnight,...

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Aldona at Large: The “rest” of my life?

Aldona at Large: The “rest” of my life?

Last Friday I retired as the executive director of the Toronto Botanical Garden. Two days later, I was back at the TBG as a volunteer, helping to plant trees and shrubs for Earth Day in the Woodland...

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Aldona at Large: Life in the Fast Lane: Master Gardeners, Mammaries and Manipulations

Aldona at Large: Life in the Fast Lane: Master Gardeners, Mammaries and Manipulations

Sometimes I wish I could complain about not having enough to do. Instead, I complain about not having enough hours in the day. How on earth does my calendar get so jammed up? Is this what they mean...

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Aldona at Large: Buckets of Fun

Aldona at Large: Buckets of Fun

Canada Blooms sap bucket display created by Quebec’s Reford Gardens (Jardin des Métis) Never mind the calendar, the gardeners’ spring has officially sprung. Brave bulbs are pushing their...

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Aldona at Large: Sure Signs of Spring

Aldona at Large: Sure Signs of Spring

The snow is almost gone from my garden, melting away to reveal such treasures as these snowdrops (other “treasures,” such as the long-buried dog poop, are considerably less picturesque). The air...

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Aldona at Large: Swan Song

Aldona at Large: Swan Song

“Start spreading the news…” My dear cherubs, Some of you will have already received a letter announcing my retirement as Executive Director of the Toronto Botanical Garden. Here are some...

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