Author Archives: Sandra Pella

About Sandra Pella

Sandra Pella has worked as Head Gardener of the Toronto Botanical Garden since 2008. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and upon graduation worked in the financial sector until the pull of plants was too much to resist, whereupon she found herself at Janet Anderson Perennials (formerly JEA Perennials) as a horticultural technician. She has been the Perennial Manager at Summerhill Nursery & Floral followed by the Assistant Horticulturist at the TBG prior to its renovation. Sandra worked as a Gardener for two seasons with the City of Toronto as well as seasonal Gardener for the TBG prior to being named Head Gardener. She is self-taught in the field and thus greatly appreciated the experience a gardening internship in 2009 at Great Dixter in the UK brought to her. Sandra has a regular What’s In Bloom blog and is one of the spokespeople for the TBG.
>Nov 3 -10

>Nov 3 -10

>With the coming of autumn as the leaves begin to fall, the “good bones” or structure of the garden are shown at their best, much…

>Oct. 27-Nov. 2

>Oct. 27-Nov. 2

>In the Garden Hall Courtyard Water Channel you will find: Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea); a white-blooming shrub with four seasons of interest, leaves turn brilliant…

>October 20-27

>October 20-27

> In the Garden Hall Courtyard, you will find: Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’ (Japanese Maple); known for its lacy dissected leaves, this variety…

>October 13-20

>October 13-20

> In the Knot Garden you will find: Juniperus procumbens ‘Nana’ (Creeping Juniper). It is one of the finest groundcover junipers, in this photo touched…

>October 6-13

>October 6-13

>In the Garden Hall Courtyard you will find: Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Waterfall’ (Japanese Maple). A beautiful weeping laceleaf Japanese Maple perfect as a specimen. Brilliant…

>Sept. 29-Oct.6

>Sept. 29-Oct.6

>In the Entry Garden you will find: Tricyrtis formosana ‘Samurai’ (Toad Lily); the most popular cultivar, it has variegated foliage with creamy almost gold edges….

>Sept 23-29

>Sept 23-29

>The fall gardens at TBG are full of spectacular colourful blooms! In the Show Garden North you will find: Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Summer Sorbet’ (Bluebeard)…

>Sept 15-22

>Sept 15-22

>In the Show Garden you will find: Ilex verticillata ‘Nana’ (Winterberry) hardy in Zones 3-9. The flowers are insignificant but it produces large bright red…

>September 8-14

>September 8-14

>In the Garden Hall Courtyard you will find: Anemone x hybrida ‘Robustissima’ (Grapeleaf Anemone), a shorter variety with strong flowering ability late into fall.  …