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 'Buckeye Belle'

What’s in Bloom: June 6

Paeonia ‘Buckeye Belle’ (Semi-Double Peony) Entry Garden; This peony is definitely a show stopper!  The footprints into the bed to get that up-close photo are unmistakable…

Tulipa World Peace with Narcissus Lemon Beauty

What’s in Bloom: May 12

Tulipa ‘World Paeace’ (Tulip)) with Narcissus ‘Lemon Beauty’ (Daffodil), and in the background a drift of Narcissus ‘Thalia’ (Daffodil) Entry Garden; this single-flowered Darwin Hybrid has brilliant…

Fritillaria raddeana

Spring Flowers

Fritillaria raddeana (Fritillary) Garden Hall Courtyard; This close relative to crown imperialis blooms very early with greenish lime-yellow flowers lined with burgundy. Fritillaria meleagris (Snakes Head…