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.
Tulipa World Peace with Narcissus Lemon Beauty

May 12, 2011

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 May 3, 2011

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…

>April 19-26

>April 19-26

> In the Garden Hall Courtyard you will find: Rhododendron dauricum ‘Arctic Pearl’ In the West View Terrace: Hellebores x hybrida Winter Moonbeam In the…

>Daffodils Fri April 29

>Daffodils Fri April 29

> Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’ (Miniature Daffodil) Show Garden; This mini daffodil has yellow petals with an even deeper yellow cup. Narcissus ‘Toto’ (Miniature Daffodil)…

>March 22 - 29

>March 22 – 29

>In the Demonstration Garden this week you will find: Galanthus Collection (Snowdrops). A variety of snowdrops are beginning to naturalize in this section of the…

>March 1

>March 1

Today on March 1st, we went looking for signs of spring and found some! In the Nature Garden, you will find: Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’…

>Feb. 1-8

>Feb. 1-8

This weeks picks highlight “winter interest” in the garden as snow provides a dramatic backdrop for many plants. In the Show Garden- South you will…

>Jan 10-17, 2011

>Jan 10-17, 2011

> In the Nature Garden you will find: Pennisetum with Echinacea purpurea(Fountain Grass with Purple Coneflower); both these plants hold up well under snow and…