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.
Paeonia 'Cora Louise'

June Showers

  Paeonia (Intersectional Hybrid Group) ‘Cora Louise’; This fabulous Itoh peony in the Perennial border is still blooming strong into June, after the rain. Paeonia…

Helleborus x hybridus 'Blue Lady'

March in Flower

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Lady’ (Lenten Rose) While many hellebores have been flowering here at the TBG for over a month now, this Perennial Plant…

Hibiscus moscheutos 'Splash Pinot Grigio'

Late Summer 2011

Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Splash Pinot Grigio’ (Rose mallow, Dwarf Vintage hibiscus); This hardy hibiscus from Blooms of Bressingham has white flower petals edged with pink and…

Acanthus hungaricus

Flowers in July

Acanthus hungaricus (Bear’s Breeches) Knot Garden; This species is the least known of the Bear’s Breeches and makes a terrific speciman in the garden with…